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On 5 December 1910 a meeting was held at Monmouth to organise a county branch in Monmouthshire. Lady Langattock became the first President of the Monmouthshire Branch.

The First World War prompted the establishment of Red Cross Auxiliary Hospitals at Ebbw Vale; Monmouth; Wrenford Memorial Hall and Llanwern House in Newport and Portskewett in Caldicott and by the end of the conflict there were 11 women's Volunteer Aid Detachments at the Monmouthshire Branch.

By 1934 the branch comprised of Divisions in Abergavenny; Monmouth; Chepstow; Ebbw Vale; Newport and Aberfan.

During the Second World War a Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital and Convalescent Home was opened at Quarry Hill, St Mellons on 28 May 1942 for service women including many from the Women's Land Army. A convalescent Home for Service men opened at Woolmer House Newport on 2 October 1944. In a Joint County Committee report dated 30 June 1944 there were 491 adult members of the British Red Cross Society at the branch and 724 juniors with 10 women's detachments.

Through both World Wars the British Red Cross Society and the Order of St John worked jointly forming a Joint County Committee. Post-1945 this work continued through the Ex-Services War Disabled Department of the Joint Committee which provided support to disabled ex-service men and women and their relatives.

On 18th March 1947 over 400 houses were severely flooded in the Monmouth area and the Divisional Red Cross Centre provided meals, accommodation and emergency supplies for those affected.

By the 1961 the branch was working with local authority social services to provide services for over 800 disabled people at 14 centres across the County.

In October 1966 the branch was involved in the relief effort following the Aberfan disaster and the hall was used as a reception depot for public donations of clothing following a national television and radio appeal.

In 1973 the branch had 11 Red Cross Centres and a total membership of 1978 people.

The Monmouthshire Branch was renamed the Gwent Branch of the Red Cross Society after local government reorganisation took effect on 31st December 1973 but the county boundaries remained the same. The branch closed on 31 December 1997 due to unification with the national organisation under a single charitable status.

In 2004 Gwent became part of the British Red Cross Wales Area in the Wales and Western Region.
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