August 17, 1918

On this day in south west Hertfordshire

On this day in south west Hertfordshire

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Nostalgia Editor

The country has heard the National Salvage Council’s appeal for fruit stones and nut shells, which are urgently needed during the next two or three months for conversion into charcoal for use in the anti-gas masks.

The charcoal thus produced greatly increases our soldiers’ chances of coming safely through gas attacks.

Collections of these materials are being organised in towns and villages in every county in England, but more collectors and organisers are needed if we are to give the maximum chance of life to our kith and kin in the firing line.

All who are willing to help in this urgent piece of war work are invited to send a postcard at once to the Director General of National Salvage, Caxton House, SW1. The need is urgent, and is not likely to last more than two months.

[From the Watford Observer of August 17, 1918]

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