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The plaque commemorates the centenary of the International Red Cross. The plaque was originally placed on a tree guard for a Claret Ash tree which was planted on the 3rd August 1959. 

It was on June 24th 1859 on the battle field of Solferino in Northern Italy that the idea of Red Cross was conceived by Henry Dunant, a Swiss citizen, who witnessed the battle which took place between the forces of France and Italy on the one hand and Austria on the other. He was so appalled and horrified at man's inhumanity to man that he dedicated his life to an ideal that there should be adequate medical care for the wounded and sick in battle and protection for those engaged in giving them care. 

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) operates in over 80 countries worldwide. The extensive network of missions and delegations of the ICRC can relieve Nations that are affected by armed conflicts and other sources of violence.


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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture
Actual Event STart Date:24-June-1859
Actual Event End Date:24-June-1959


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 3rd August, 1959
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Red Cross Centenary Plaque 

Commemoration of 100 Years of International Red Cross  1859 - 1959

This plaque was originally placed, on the 3rd August 1959, on a tree guard for a Claret Ash planted near the entrance to the Greta Sports Ground.

Mrs Betty Saunders, a former president of the Greta Red Cross, donated & planted the tree & Mrs. Stella Walking donated the plaque.

Red Cross Centenary
1859 - 1959

Source: MA
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