Red Cross


French Red Cross medals

Originally known as the Société française de secours aux blessés militaires - French society of help for wounded military peeps, shortened as SSBM or SBM - the French Red Cross was founded in 1864and issued several different medals during the various wars its home country was involved in.

  • First row : Medals issued to French female nurses associations c.1879 -left- World War 1 -right.
  • Second row : Medals issued for meritory conduct to SBM personnel c.1914-1940.
  • Third row : Commemorative medals issued to all active SBM personel at the end of WW1, with the special Lyonnaise variation on the right.