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Embossed brass tin with a hinged lid with the profile head of Princess Mary in a circular wreath, with the letter 'M‘ each side. There is a decorative border with military devices, and the words 'IMPERIUM BRITANNICUM', 'CHRISTMAS 1914', and the names 'BELGIUM', 'JAPAN', 'FRANCE', 'RUSSIA', 'SERVIA' and 'MONTE NEGRO'.
Princess Mary's gift tin was distributed to all British, Commonwealth and Empire soldiers and sailors who were serving on Christmas Day, 1914. WHY?????
HRH Princess Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary was responsible for a public appeal to ensure that 'every Sailor afloat and every Soldier at the front' received a Christmas present.
This pencil was contained in a Princess Mary's Christmas Gift box. Sterling silver, Wood in a brass bullet cartridge containing a small pencil. Impressed on edge of the cartridge is Princess Mary's crest. The 'head' of the bullet is made of sterling silver and holds a small pencil which fits into the body of the cartridge.
Boxes such as this one, would originally have contained a New Year's greeting card, a small pencil in the form of a .303 bullet and cigarettes.
KNOW: WHAT HAPPENED IN THE TRENCHES ON THE WESTERN FRONT CHRISTMAS 1914.
UNDERSTAND: THE EXPERIENCE OF THE SOLDIERS ON BOTH SIDES.
BE ABLE TO: EVALUATE HOW IT WAS POSSIBLE FOR THIS TO TAKE PLACE.
Listen carefully to the story of Christmas in the trenches during 1914 on the Western front.
You need to make sure you listen very carefully as we will be re-enacting the story after we have heard it.
Christmas 1914 in the trenches