The Joint Committee of the Order of St John of Jerusalem and The British Red Cross Society (‘the Joint Committee’) has its origins in the First World War when the two bodies came together jointly to provide Voluntary Aid Detachment personnel (VADs) to staff hospitals for casualties, and provide humanitarian services for prisoners-of-war, and auxiliary medical services to the general public. During the Second World War, they jointly set up a War Organisation to assist those in need.
Following a review of its future during the early part of the 21st Century, the Joint Committee began devolving many of its activities to other ex-service charities e.g. the Defence Medical Welfare Service (also founded by the Order and the Red Cross), and it is currently in the process of winding itself up.
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