Posted 10th January 2017 by Maggie Clowes

What ever was an Eggogram?

EggogramPoultry World’s editor came up with the idea of collecting eggs for wounded soldiers. The aim in 1914 was to provide 20,000 newly-laid eggs a week to be sent to a hospital in France, but by Easter 1915 200,000 eggs had been collected in one week. In the following August, partly to celebrate the fact that Queen Alexandra had become the patron of the scheme, the War Office decided to see if the number could be increased to one million eggs a week. An amazing total of 1,030,380 eggs were collected in the week 16-23 August 1916. Special boxes and labels were supplied to over 2000 depots run by local groups and Eggogramchurches and free transport was provided by the railways.

Donors were encouraged to write their name and address on the eggs - eggograms with a message for the wounded who sometimes responded saying things like, “I wish you could see the joy on the poor fellows’ faces when they get the eggs; it would fully repay you for all your trouble.” In total 41 million eggs had been collected by the time the scheme closed down in 1919.

“Do your duty by the wounded men. You cannot eat eggs and feel that the wounded are going without”


Appleby could not resist a plea like that. The local paper takes up the story.