Knitting for King and Country

Ampthill women supported the war effort…

In WWI local women grouped together and used their skills to make garments, favours and comforts for the British troops at the front and who were convalescing. Examples of their work included woollen socks, mitts and hospital garments. Other volunteers helped to staff the three Red Cross V.A.D. Hospitals in Ampthill.

Thanks to the research of Wrest Park Volunteer, Debbie Radcliffe, here is what we know of the Ampthill Working Party –

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With thanks to the assistance from English Heritage volunteers at Wrest Park.

Bedfordshire & Luton Archive
British Red Cross
English Heritage, Wrest Park
Museum of the Order of St. John
Wrest Park



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