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150 Years Of Nobel Peace Prize Winning Humanitarian Aid

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Earlier this week we said “happy birthday” to The Football Association, but another world renowned organisation turns 150 this week.

Two nurses holding a soldier © Daily Herald / Alfieri Picture Service

Two nurses holding a soldier © Daily Herald / Alfieri Picture Service

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was founded in Geneva on the 26th October 1863. It’s the oldest and most honoured organization within the Red Cross movement, and winner of three Nobel Peace Prizes in 1917, 1944 and 1963.

While the Red Cross has done some incredible work since its formation in the mid 19th century, here are just a few photographs of its laudable heroes. Thank you.

Spanish Foreign Legion with Red Cross nurse in Irun, 1936 © Daily Herald / Keystone Press Agency Ltd

Spanish Foreign Legion with Red Cross nurse in Irun, 1936 © Daily Herald / Keystone Press Agency Ltd

A crowded road at Fricourt, 1917, unknown photographer © Daily Herald / National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL

A crowded road at Fricourt, 1917, unknown photographer © Daily Herald / National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL

Mrs Claude Elliott, WVS, c. 1943, John Cyril Alfred Redhead © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL

Mrs Claude Elliott, WVS, c. 1943, John Cyril Alfred Redhead © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL

Children perform fundraising play in bombed residential area, 29 June 1943, Jack Esten © Daily Herald / National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL

Children perform fundraising play in bombed residential area, 29 June 1943, Jack Esten © Daily Herald / National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL

GIs on leave at the Milestone Club, Kensington, London, 2 September 1942 © Daily Herald / National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL

GIs on leave at the Milestone Club, Kensington, London, 2 September 1942 © Daily Herald / National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL

British Red Cross attending to wounded soldiers, Robert Watson © Daily Herald / National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL

British Red Cross attending to wounded soldiers, Robert Watson © Daily Herald / National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL

A blood donor and nurse at a civil defence first aid, 1944, John Hinde © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL

A blood donor and nurse at a civil defence first aid, 1944, John Hinde © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL

Preparing for wartime gas - Red Cross nurses receive training, 1933 © Daily Herald / Keystone Press Agency Ltd

Preparing for wartime gas – Red Cross nurses receive training, 1933 © Daily Herald / Keystone Press Agency Ltd

Red Cross workers give drinks to soldiers, Banbury Station © Daily Herald / National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL

Red Cross workers give drinks to soldiers, Banbury Station © Daily Herald / National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL

Women volunteers queuing to enlist for nursing, 1939 © Daily Herald / Sport & General Press Agency

Women volunteers queuing to enlist for nursing, 1939 © Daily Herald / Sport & General Press Agency

Mrs Cooke, WVS, c. 1943, John Cyril Alfred Redhead © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL

Mrs Cooke, WVS, c. 1943, John Cyril Alfred Redhead © National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL

Red Cross nurses giving communist salute, January 1937 © Daily Herald / National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL

Red Cross nurses giving communist salute, January 1937 © Daily Herald / National Media Museum, Bradford / SSPL

For more ICRC history, pop over to the Science and Society Picture Library website where they’ve made a selection of photographs and objects from across the Science Museum Group to mark 150 years of the Red Cross.

Written by Emma Thom

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