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Tobacco Tin - Christmas Gift from Princess Mary, 1914

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Tobacco Tin - Christmas Gift from Princess Mary, 1914

Tobacco tin issued as a Royal gift  to members of the British, Colonial and Indian Armed Forces for Christmas 1914. This is the officer's tin, made of silver, all other ranks received brass boxes. It included a variety of goods, including tobacco for soldiers who smoked and sweets for those who did not. The boxes were paid for from the 'Sailors & Soldiers Christmas Fund' which had been created by Princess Mary in 1914. When the fund finally closed in 1920, almost £200,000 had been donated for the provision of more than two and a half million boxes with contents."

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Anzac Day Square Table Mat

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Anzac Day Square Table Mat

The Australian War Memorial Museum comments: 'Patterns for patriotic crochet items were published in women's magazines and newspaper supplements....  women could use them to make a variety of household items, such as bedspreads, tray cloths, table cloths or tea cosies'.  

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Grenade Inkwell, 1914-1918

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Grenade Inkwell, 1914-1918


Ink well made from a hand grenade casting as used in World War One. The grenade is cast from bronze, and stands on a black enamelled dish printed: "Memento of the Great War, Actual hand grenade casting. As used by the Allies. Reg'd No. 651542, 1915". The grenade is stamped D 22.

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Lt Colonel Arthur Batchelar Uniform Jacket

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Lt Colonel Arthur Batchelar Uniform Jacket

This World War I uniform jacket belonged to Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Frederick Batchelar of Fitzherbert, near Palmerston North. It bears the insignia for the rank of Lieutenant Colonel including three stripes, crown and pip badges on the sleeves.  Arthur Batchelar, a farmer born in 1877, served in the Boer War and World War One, on both occasions as part of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles.  

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