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1st/5th Battalion, King's Own, First World War Service Souvenir Card

At the end of the First World War the service of those who had served with the 1st/5th Battalion (Territorial Force), King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, was commemorated by a Souvenir Card.  Each card or certificate was named to the soldier concerned and signed by Lieutenant Colonel Godfrey Hoare, Commanding Officer of the 1st/5th Battalion, which in 1919 was part of the British Army of the Rhine. 

Soldiers, former soldiers and the relatives of the deceased were encouraged to apply for the cards through a public appeal in newspapers across the North West of England.  An initial appeal was made in January 1919 which was repeated in July 1919.  Souvenir Cards were issued well in to the 1920s.

This, un-issued example, was presented to the Regimental Museum by Captain Albert Hodgkinson, former Quartermaster of the 1st/5th Battalion and author of the unit's history.
Accession Number: KO0104/03

There are a number of examples in the museum's collection and include the following:

bulletUn-named, un-issued example as illustrated above.  KO0104/03
bulletPrivate John Baines MM, number 3817/241416, 1st/5th King's Own, died of wounds on 8th August 1918, age 22.  Buried in Pernes British Cemetery.  KO2957/16
bulletPrivate Robert Bond, number 3749/241376, 1st/5th King's Own, killed in action on 30th November 1917, age 21.  No known grave and commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louveral.  Son of Alfred and Eleanor Bond of Ashbrook Street, Lancaster.  KO2557/02
bulletPrivate James Hall, number 240507, 1st/5th King's Own, KO3059/12
bulletSergeant Albert Holt, number 2112/240509, 1st/5th King's Own.  KO2106/36
bulletPrivate William Kew, number 2892/240930, 1st/5th King's Own.  Lived at West View Terrace, Morecambe.  Died on 22nd March 1919 and buried in Morecambe and Heysham (Torrisholme) Cemetery.  Son of Henry Wilson Kew and Ellen Kew of 11 West View Terrace, Morecambe.  KO2490/266
bulletSergeant Joseph Wren Mashiter MM number 1868/240389, 1st/5th King's Own.  KO1197/06
bulletPrivate George Henry Minton, number 29090, 1st/5th King's Own.  KO2511/01
bulletPrivate Harry Rawes, number 2918, 1st/5th King's Own.  KO2046/10
bulletSergeant John Miles Read, number 242320, 1st/5th King's Own.  Lived at Graham Street, Penrith.  KO2428/002.
bulletPrivate Sidney Vincent, number 27894, who served with the 11th, 8th and 2nd/5th Battalion's of the King's Own.  KO1108/03
bulletThe Reverend Kevin F Wilson CF, Padre, 1st/5th King's Own.  KO3060/64

See also material from Captain Albert Hodgkinson.

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