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The Army Museum

Postcard


Accession number: 2018.39.04
Category: Writing device
Date: circa 1918
Materials: Paper
Measurements: 8.8 cm L x 14 cm W
Group: Princess Patricia's Canadian Red Cross Hospital
Culture: Canadian
Subject: Canadian Red Cross, Medical, First World War, Troop Ship
Narrative: It is believed that these items belonged to Private Holmes. He served with the 85th. He was wounded at sent to a 'Canadian Special Hospital' in Whitley (according to his records) and so these postcards could have originated there with him but the phrase "our staff" also leads to the postcards have been  written and sent by someone else
Description: Five, First World War era, black and white photographic postcards; Postcard .1 shows the inside of a ward in Princess Patricia's Canadian Red Cross (Convalescent) Hospital at Cooden with a few men sitting on made up beds and a few sitting at tables in the centre; Postcard .2 shows the Dining Hall / Mess for the hospital with two soldiers - one standing with red cross arm band; Postcard .3 is taken outdoors and shows the entrance to Princess Patricia's Canadian Red Cross Hospital with some soldiers outside; Postcard .4 shows the female Nursing staff in uniform outside the 'Registrar' station with a dog on one Nurses lap; Postcard .5 is taken on and of a ship (undisclosed) with the words "Best Wishes"; All postcards except for one have notations and are not postmarked. 
History of Use: Princess Patricia gave her name to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in 1914. Princess Patricia also volunteered for the Red Cross in Canada and Britain during the First World War and founded Princess Patricia’s Red Cross Convalescent Hospital.