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76: Princess Mary Gift Box

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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. During Christmas 1914 (when she was 17 years old), she said that she wanted to use her 'pocket money' to send the soldiers fighting in France a gift. Each box contained a card from her, her picture, a pencil with shell, and sweets and/or tobacco. By the end of the war, 2 1/2 million were made by several different manufacturers. Many soldiers received their gift box after the war.

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Name of contributor(s)

Brian Cross

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

Princess Mary

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

1914 -1921

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

Britain and France

Community Collection Day

Sunningwell School, Abingdon (01/02/18)

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