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Christmas Cards prior to 1914

Christmas Greetings and Happy New Year photograph montage. Including a copy of the King’s Own Colours and Badge (from the Regimental Colours and Badges series) at the top, with photograph of a soldier, lady with hat and scenes relating to Burma, surrounding by military items, such as piled rifles and canon and a space to add “From…..” and “To ….”
Early 1900s.
On the rear is written in pen ‘Dad’s brother, uncle Willoughby and auntie Edith’
Accession Number: KO3100/40

Christmas Cards - First World War

"A Happy Christmas" and "Season's Greetings" personal message card.  Sent home to his wife and children in Christmas 1916 by Private Richard Robertson of the 1st Battalion, King's Own.
Accession Number: KO1284/07

"A Happy Christmas" sent home by Private Richard Robertson of the 1st Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment.
Accession Number: KO1284/12

"Christmas Greetings" with "On the Front - with Loving Christmas Greetings" personal message card.  Sent home by Sergeant McMillan MM of the 6th Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment.
Accession Number KO2164/01

Christmas card of the 55th (West Lancashire) Division, 1918. 
The printed card is marked with the initials ‘A.S.’ which could indicate the card was designed by Lance corporal Allan Shaw of the King’s Own.
Lancaster Observer, early 1917, “A New Year Card has been designed for the 55th West Lancashire Division by Lance corporal Allan Shaw, King’s Own, who for ten months has been working in the general staff. The design gives glimpses of the ruin… Ypres. Lance corporal Shaw was an art student at the Storey Institute, and on several occasions his design has been reproduced on the programme of the student’s annual social….”
Accession Number: KO2684/40

Christmas Card from 1917, designed by Corporal Robert Bell, 1st/5th Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment.  Prior to the First World War he had been a painter and decorator in Lancaster.
Accession Number: KO2626/02

55th West Lancashire Division, Christmas Card, possibly 1917, but may be as late as 1918.
Accession Number: KO2950/81


17th Division Christmas Card, 1918.
Accession Number: KO2933/01

Embroidered silk Christmas Card, First World War
Accession Number: KO3013/67

Embroidered silk Christmas Card, First World War
Accession Number: KO3013/70

Christmas Cards - Interwar Years

Unidentified sergeant of the 1st Battalion, King's Own Royal Regiment, circa 1920s.  The soldier is wearing a 1914 or 1914/15 Star, British War and Allied Victory Medals plus the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.  The photograph has been incorporated into a Christmas Card.
Accession Number: KO2985/36

Christmas Cards - Second World War

Photo of Christmas Card cover
Accession Number: KO2657/28

Photo of Interior of Christmas Card sent home to his family from Private Huddleston, 8th King’s Own, Malta, 1942
Accession Number: KO2657/29

Christmas Card - Korean War Propaganda

Christmas Card, Propaganda from The Korean People’s Army and The Chinese People’s Volunteers, Korea, 1952-53. With message to British officers and soldiers.
Accession Number: KO3127/01


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