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Saddle bag first aid kit, England, 1900-1918

Saddle bag first aid kit, England, 1900-1918

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Marked with the words “Mounted Infantry”, this First World War British Army first aid kit was made to be carried on a horse, with each box hung either side of the horse’s body. The kit contains bandages, dressings, hypodermic syringes and carron oil for burns, all made by Burroughs Wellcome & Co. The initials on the kit (“CLIV”) may stand for "City of London Imperial Volunteers" who served during the Boer War. Mounted infantry were almost exclusive to the Boer War.

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Glossary: first aid kit

A kit designed to give help to an injured person until proper medical treatment is available

Glossary: first aid

Treatment that is rendered initially for the care of an emergent condition. It is usually performed by a lay person to a sick or injured patient until definitive medical treatment can be accessed

Glossary: Treatments and cures

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