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Carved Bones

The King's Own Museum collection contains two carved bones known to have been made at the Prisoner of War Camp on Caton Road, Lancaster, 1914-15.  The camp was occupied by enemy aliens, mainly civilians, including German merchant seamen who were in Liverpool at the time the war broke out.

See also the City Museum Collection's Bones

  
Featuring the Regimental Lion and 'The King's Own Royal Regiment' on one side and 'E. Smith. Lieutenant, 5th King's Liverpool Regmt. Lancaster Camp 1914-15' on the other, the sender of the postcard below.
Accession Number: KO2590/406


Senior Non-Commissioned Officers and Officers who were guarding the Prisoner of War Camp, Wagon Works, Caton Road, Lancaster.
Most of the soldiers are of the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, there is a Captain in the centre, with a Lieutenant on either side.  The Lieutenant Smith of the King's Regiment is on the left of the Captain.
The rear of the postcard, which was posted on 10th June 1915, reads: "POW Camp, Lancaster 10/6/1915.
Dear John, These are a section of the NCO's of the old Guard, also two of my brother officers.  Thought you would perhaps like to have one.  With kind regards to you Father & auntie also yourself and sister.  Yours sincerely, E Smith, Lieutenant."   The card is addressed to Master John Carter, 123 Bedford Road, Birkdale.
Lieutenant E Smith was an officer with the 5th Battalion of the King's Liverpool Regiment, and his name is also carved on a bone in the museum's collection.
Accession Number: KO2917/49

     
This bone featuring a rose and leaves is marked '1914 Remembrance 1915' and 'Made in POW Camp, Vieteck, 1803, Lancaster'.
Accession Number: KO2590/407

 

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