Picture No 10910279
Date 1917
Description Collecting sphagnum moss for dressings, Dartmoor, WW1

Picking up sphagnum moss on the moors on the Royal Duchy of Cornwall estate near Princetown for use in surgical dressings during the First World War. The dried moss was highly effective due to its antiseptic and absorbent properties.

Unattributed photograph in The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, 9 June 1917
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Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans