Born in Woolwich, England, Oswald Hope Robertson was a physician volunteer in the United States Army after moving to the USA as a child. When war broke out, Robertson went over to France to work with the British Army on mastering blood transfusions. It was during this period in 1917 that Robertson experimented with blood preservation techniques and soon developed the world’s very first blood bank. Robertson and his team were then able to collect blood from donors, and store it for short periods for use on the wounded soldiers from the frontline.
The world’s very first Blood Banks (8/14)
Submitted to "Interesting Facts & Statistics of Britain in WWI"