ITEMS OF WARTIME
The following artifacts are from a couple of collectors in Liverpool. Many thanks go to Alan for allowing me to photograph some of the collection and show it here. I must also thank the members of The Great War Forum and WW2 Talk Forum for identifying many of the items here.
We shall start with this piece of Trench Art.
The jug has been made from an empty shell case.
Marked 1917 Ypres, it is decorated with a floral design.
Attatched is a Tank Corps Badge so we can assume the maker was a member of this regiment. Sadly he never added his name to his work.
Some of the detail is very tiny, he did a good job of this.
Inside the Jug/Shell.
Two more close ups.
The bottom of the Shell case with its markings. A few of the members from the Great War Forum where able to provide details of the markings. An early 6 Pounder made by Kynoch, Birmihgham (K). The "1" ina circle stamped over the "III" indicates that it is fitted with the Mark II primer which was made from thinner metal. Later, these cases had the primer drilled out and replaced by the normal threaded No.1 primer. "CF" at that date was "Cordite Filled" but later when black powder as a filling became obsolete and cordite the norm, "CF" came to mean "Cordite Full Charge". The markings beneath the Broad Arrow '18 3' may well mean March 1918.
Cap fitted with the badge of The 6th(Rifle)Battalion, King`s (Liverpool Regiment) Territorial Battalion. The badge was worn between 1908 and 1936. It is uncertain if this cap was made after WW1.
The cap side on and below another style of cap.
This cap is fitted with A King's Liverpool Regiment badge.
Inside the cap.
The regular bi-metal King's Liverpool Regiment badge was worn between 1896 and 1926. Though this particular example probably dates from after about 1915.
The two caps together.
South African Wars Veterans Association, 1899-1902, Liverpool and District Branch. The top colours represent the medal ribbons of the Queens South African Medal, the bottom colours are those of the Kings South African Medal. The Orange boarder denotes the Orange Free State and the Transvaal Republics being a favoured colour of the Voortrekkers who had strong ties with the Netherlands.
Embroidered postcard sent from a son to his father. The address is Oceanic Road, off Rathbone Road, Old Swan, Liverpool. the reverse of card below.
An identity card with addresses for Grove Street, Liverpool 8 and Score Lane Liverpool 16.
National Service grade card for the same man as above.
Another identity card with the address Edge Lane Drive, Liverpool 13.
A clothing book with the address Exe Street, Liverpool 8.
And the coupons below.
A Silk flag sold in aid of wounded soldiers.
This wonderful postcard says it all.
A 1945 diary. Just the norm in here until the 8th May, note the entry ' VE Day '
Fire Guard Arm Band.
Arm Band for the Civil Defence Corps.
One of my favourite items ' The Princess Mary 1914 Christmas Gift ' It was sent to those serving abroad or at sea and was filled with either Tobacco, Cigarettes, Pipe, Lighter and papers, or for the non-smoker pencil and sweets. Nurses received chocolates in theirs and Indian troops received sweets and spices. The head of Princess Mary is on the box. Read more on the link below.
The box opens to reveal two watches.
This one is believed to date from WW1 and to have been made in America for the British.
The next is thought to come from the WW2 era.
General Service Corps officers bronze collar badge 1914.
T.A West Yorkshire Regiment, Leeds Rifles Badge.
The King's Own Scottish Boarder Regiment badge and below on the cap.
The Seaforth Highlanders Regiment badge and on cap below.
Royal Welsh Fusiliers Victorian 1890 cap badge and below on cap.
The Queen's Bays (2nd Dragoon Guards) Regiment badge and on the cap below.
The 3rd Queen Alexandra's Own Gurkha Cap Badge and on the cap below.
Inside of the Gurkha hat and the makers name.
A selection of army Kit Knives.
Eddie Pritchard has added this card that he received in School, it was given to all the kids in his school which he left in 1945 aged 14 years. The reverse of the card lists important war dates.
Barbara Jones has added these playing cards, she says " The playing cards are from WW1 depicting the popular cartoon character ' Old Bill '. These are from my Grandmother's house on the Isle of Anglesey, I'm unsure if they were her brother's or her father's. Maybe her father would have been too old for the war? There is nobody left to ask unfortunately. I was told that these cards did 'see' some action but once again where I do not know."