Purple Cross Service
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About the Purple Cross Service
The Purple Cross Service was established in February 1915 to alleviate the suffering of troop horses sent from Australia to the battlefront during WWI. Fundraising efforts raised money to supply bandages, medicine and 'comforts' for the horses, many of which were left on the battlefields to die from their wounds.
Historic reports reveal that the service was extended after the war to provide care for the horses that served essential roles on civvy street, and how the war effort was revived during WWII. One of the service's most visible contributions was the street-side stone drinking troughs provided for working horses, some of which can still be seen across Melbourne.
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