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daily opportunities for riding or how they spent their off-duty hours in learning to ride. They attended regular musical concerts within camps or in local towns, croquet and polo parties and went on numerous picnics across the veldt, in addition to afternoons spent rowing with medical officers, before participating in games of cricket and hockey.49 Emily Wood, a Scottish Reserve nurse based at the Royal Red Cross Hospital in Kroonstad, proudly wrote to her family that she had formed part of the nurses’ team pitted against the hospital’s male cricket team, before going

in Colonial caring

’, running summer camps and establishing a Boys’ Club. This provided activities including football, cricket, gymnastics and swimming, all intended to offer ‘the help and discipline of life that they needed’. Following which a Girls’ Club was started, running camps and classes in embroidery. The mission was understood to provide ‘the boys of Bristol’ with ‘an education’ through ‘contact with the life of a Public School’, whereby they ‘learnt

in Payment and philanthropy in British healthcare, 1918–48