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Recycling the Great War

Recycling the Great War

This graphic photo illustrates why most casualties in the great war were caused from artillery fire. Even now a hundered years later, thousands of shells are unearthed on the battlefields every year.

Armistice

Armistice

Having survived the wWar, Lancelot Wilson is now married to Rhoda, and looking forward to Discharge from the Army. A happy conclusion to the series of postcards we have placed on the site.
Postcard courtesy Howard Wilson.

Army Chefs

Army Chefs

Another postcard from the Great War, the writer states they are the cooks of the section. (Unkindly said to be responsible for more casualties than the enemy).

Postcard courtesy Howard Wilson.

Dear Brother

Dear Brother

A sister writes to her brother in France, another in our series of postcards from a soldier serving in France.
Postcard courtesy of Howard Wilson.

Bayonet Practice

Bayonet Practice

An early Great War postcard, typical of the first year of the war. Before steel helmets were introduced.

Postcard courtesy Howard Wilson.

Gathering

Gathering

A gathering of people in Loftus, probably part of the Peace Celebrations in 1919. The crowd sport a plethora of head gear; flat caps, straw boaters, bonnets, and magnificent ladies hats. Only the small boys at the front of the photo are bareheaded. Most people are paying attention to the speakers platform on the left of the photo. Location in Loftus not known.

Photo courtesy Alan Richardson.

Welcome to france

Welcome to france

Boulogne Harbour, one of the first ports of call for soldiers arriving in France, This postcard showing civilians, was probably taken before the start of the Great War. For many soldiers there would be no return trip.
Postcard courtesy of Howard Wilson.

Postcard from France

Postcard from France

Not quite a saucy postcard from France. The soldier calms his girl’s fears and wonders when he can get leave.
Postcard courtesy Howard Wilson.

Postcard Home

Postcard Home

This postcard home from France, suggests the writer is having a good time?
The reality as we now know was completely different, instead of the true appalling conditions he was experiencing the writer tells a little white lie!
Postcard courtesy Howard Wilson.

From the Front

From the Front

A Postcard from the Front. The Censor has been at work, surprisingly the Soldiers Unit and Division have not been erased.
Postcard courtesy of Howard Wilson.