4 sticks of trench fuel : Australian Red Cross

Accession Number RELAWM09102
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Maker Australian Red Cross Society
Place made Australia
Date made c1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Description

3 SAMPLES OF TRENCH FUEL MADE BY RED CROSS WORKERS AND SENT FOR USE IN DRESSING STATIONS AS WELL AS TO INDIVIDUAL SOLDIERS IN PALESTINE, EGYPT AND FRANCE. THEY ARE COMPOSED OF NEWSPAPER TIGHTLY ROLLED, CUT INTO SECTIONS OF ABOUT TWO INCHES IN LENGTH AND THEN BOILED IN PARAFFIN WAX FOR A FEW SECONDS; THE FUEL BLOCKS BURN FOR ABOUT 15 MINUTES AND WERE USED TO BOIL WATER, HEAT SOUP, COOK BACON, EGGS ETC, AND ALSO PROVED USEFUL AS LIGHTS; THE FUEL IS IMPERVIOUS TO MOISTURE, GIVES OUT GREAT HEAT, AND BEING PRACTICALLY SMOKELESS COULD BE USED WITH SAFETY IN THE TRENCHES NEAR ENEMY LINES

ALSO 1 LENGTH OF NEWSPAPER, SHOWING THE WAY IN WHICH IT IS ROLLED BEFORE CUTTING AND BOILING IN WAX.

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Samples of trench fuel