Badge, Proficiency in Red Cross Hygiene & Sanitation

A badge awarded to M. Young, issued by the New Zealand Red Cross Society (Inc). The badge is a red and white cross, with gold lettering around a smaller image of the red cross within a white shield edged in gold. The writing around the cross states " THE NEW ZEALAND RED CROSS SOCIETY (INC) ". The badge is fastened to a cream ribbon with three maroon stripes. At the top of the ribbon is a metal scroll which states " PROFICIENCY / IN / RED CROSS / HYGIENE & SANITATION ". Above these words is a white oval with a red cross in the centre. On the back of the medal is engraved " M. YOUNG. / 866 ".
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Red Cross proficiency badges were initiated in Britain from 1914. To achieve a badge like this one for Hygiene and Sanitation, members had to have three Red Cross certificates in associated subjects, with an interval of at least 12 months between the dates of each certificate achieved. This badge was awarded to Miss M. Young, but little is known about her and her work for the New Zealand Red Cross.
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