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61: Princess Mary Gift Box for Soldiers

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posted on 2024-01-11, 15:27 authored by Lest We Forget Project Team

These small boxes were given as gifts by Princess Mary to frontline soldiers. Each box (over 400 thousand initially in total) contained a card from her, her picture, sweets and/or tobacco, and a pencil with shell. By the end of the war, 2 1/2 million were made, some soldiers only receiving there's after the war.

History

Name of contributor(s)

Brian Cross

Subject of the story/individual the object(s) relate to

Princess Mary and First World War soldiers

Date(s) the event(s) in the story took place

Christmas, 1914 - 1921

Location(s) where the event(s) in the story took place

Britain and France

Object(s)

Princess Mary Gift Box

Community Collection Day

Sunningwell School, Abingdon (01/02/18)

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