100 years ago, even chickens were enlisted on the Home Front to provide eggs for wounded servicemen in hospital in France, Belgium and at home.
From 1914 to 1919, women and children donated over 41 million eggs to local depots of National Egg Collection scheme – there was even one in Harrods!
Whole eggs were shipped to the hospitals on the Western Front within 3 days and those with cracked shells were sent to hospitals in Britain.
Housewives were shown how to create old favourites without eggs and magazines and cookbooks published new recipes to try out. Right-click on the images above to save and download the recipe cards.
Even after the war ended, Pershore WI members continued to collect and donate eggs to the ‘Egg Roll Call’, which ensured that Pershore Cottage Hospital received approximately 250 eggs a month, a welcome gift to a pre-NHS institution, reliant on charitable donations.