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TITLE
Grantown Pupils Gathering Moss for the War Effort
EXTERNAL ID
PC_GM4_SCHOOL_004
PLACENAME
Grantown on Spey
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
MORAYSHIRE: Cromdale, Inverallan and Advie
DATE OF IMAGE
1918
PERIOD
1910s
SOURCE
Grantown Museum
ASSET ID
23069
KEYWORDS
education
schools
schooling
medicine
Grantown Pupils Gathering Moss for the War Effort

This revealing photograph from the Grantown Museum archives is titled, 'Moss Gatherers', and shows a group of over 40 pupils from Grantown Grammar School, accompanied by a teacher and the school's Rector, R.D. MacLennan.

The photograph commemorates the work undertaken by the pupils between 1915 and 1918 to gather sphagnum moss for the war effort.

During World War I sphagnum moss was used as a substitute for cotton gauze wound dressings. The demand for wound dressings during the war was immense and cotton was costly and in short supply. Sphagnum moss, being extremely absorbent and growing in many parts of Britain, was used as an alternative. The moss was especially plentiful in the Highlands and many women and children were involved in gathering it as part of the war effort.


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Grantown Pupils Gathering Moss for the War Effort

MORAYSHIRE: Cromdale, Inverallan and Advie

1910s

education; schools; schooling; medicine

Grantown Museum

Grantown Museum Photographic Collection

This revealing photograph from the Grantown Museum archives is titled, 'Moss Gatherers', and shows a group of over 40 pupils from Grantown Grammar School, accompanied by a teacher and the school's Rector, R.D. MacLennan. <br /> <br /> The photograph commemorates the work undertaken by the pupils between 1915 and 1918 to gather sphagnum moss for the war effort. <br /> <br /> During World War I sphagnum moss was used as a substitute for cotton gauze wound dressings. The demand for wound dressings during the war was immense and cotton was costly and in short supply. Sphagnum moss, being extremely absorbent and growing in many parts of Britain, was used as an alternative. The moss was especially plentiful in the Highlands and many women and children were involved in gathering it as part of the war effort. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: gosmuseum@btconnect.com">Grantown Museum</a>