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Collections - Prisoners of War
Prisoner of War Care Committee - First World War
Prisoners of War - The King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment Care
This work was organised in November 1916 by Mrs T J Marker, and Mrs
Barton, and in December of that year the first consignment of food and
clothing parcels were sent out to our prisoners in Germany and Bulgaria.
Mrs Barton was then Honorary Secretary, which post she occupied until
April 1918 when she resigned owing to ill health and her place was taken
by Miss Whelon.
The Lancaster Care Committee sent food parcels to all NCO’s and men of
the KORL Regiment, except the 2nd Battalion who were looked after by
Mrs Wilson from London , and those belonging to the 4th Battalion
who were provided for by Miss Fell of Ulverston.
Clothing was sent twice a year to the men of all battalions from the
Lancaster Care Committee.
From December 1916 to November 1918, 52,929 food parcels were sent from
Lancaster to Germany and 11,159 parcels to Bulgaria, making a total of
64,088. In addition to the 7,913 parcels of clothing were sent to our
men in Germany and Bulgaria.
The work was carried out by a staff of about 200.
Over 22,000 cards of acknowledgement were received from the men,
in addition to various letters.
In January, 1918, the Lancaster Care Committee took over the care of the
200 prisoners of the 2nd Battalion previously provided for by Mrs
Wilson, also the names of about 500 new prisoners of war were added to
the list in the spring of that year, so the work increased enormously,
so much that 15,982 more food parcels were despatched from the Lancaster
Depot in 1918 than in 1917.
The Blackpool Care Committee adopted and dispatched food parcels to the
King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment men who came from the Blackpool
neighbourhood, and this relieved the local depot of about 100 men.
After November 1918, when the prisoners began to return to England and
subsequently to Bowerham Barracks, the Committee under the direction of
Mrs Dobson, entertained the men daily to tea in the YMCA Hut at the
Between December 1916 and November 1918 over £46,000 was raised, and
£42,000 spent for this work, therefore at the end there was a credit
balance of £4,000 which was allocated as follows:
|£2,500 for five Cottages on the
Westfield Memorial Village|
|£1,000 to provide a bed in the Royal Lancaster Infirmary|
|£250 to the Lord Robert’s Memorial Workshops|
|£250 to the King’s Own Memorial Chapel|
The above is a modest account of the work down by the Committee. The
number of parcels despatched give some idea of the magnitude of the
task. The Regiment owes a great debt of gratitude to the devoted work of
the Committee, which did so much to alleviate the unhappy lot of the
prisoner of war.
Account from letter, dated 28th November 1918, Accession Number:
Prisoners of War Care Committee, The King's Own Royal Lancaster
Regiment, Collector's Badge and Collection Box.
Accession Number: KO0901/01 (Badge) and KO2411/01 (Box)
Other similar badges in the collection:
|Accession Number: KO1051/01|
|Accession Number: KO1101/01|
|Accession Number: KO2354/01|
'Flag day' flag from The King's Own Royal Lancaster
Regiment, Prisoners of War Day, First World War.
Accession Number: KO2917/09
Advert from Morecambe Guardian Newspaper for the September 1918
Prisoners of War Flag Day.
Certificate of employment with the Prisoner of War Care Committee, The
King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, for Mrs Mary Briggs, The Mayoress
of Lancaster, dated 23rd April 1917.
Accession Number: KO0210/04
Certificate of employment with the Prisoner of War Care Committee,
the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, for Mrs Mary Best, of Heysham
Accession Number: KO1177/01
Prisoner of War Postcard, receipt for parcel from Germany, 27 Jul 1916,
to Dear Miss T. from Private S Johnson addressed to Miss Alice Thornton,
Skerton County Infants School, Skerton, Lancaster. Postmarked 2 Sep 1916
and 9 Sep 1916.
"Over 22,000 cards of acknowledgement were received from the
Accession Number: KO1510/01
Prisoner of War Postcard sent to Regimental Care Committee, King’s Own
Reg, with London address, 15 May 1917 postmark. Acknowledging receipt of
parcel from Rowntree of York. Including Cocoa Milk Margarine, Quaker
Oats Pudding, potted meat, meat loaf, ham joint, chocolate and marmite.
Sent to Private T Heald, 17609 of 2nd King’s Own. Taken prisoner on 8
May 1915 at Frezenberg with 2 KO.
Addressed to Hon. Sec. Regimental Care Committee, The King’s Own Regt.
36, Redcliffe Square, London, SW. Postmarked “Mannheim 15 May 1917”.
"Prisoners from the 2nd Battalion were looked after by Mrs
Wilson from London."
Accession Number: KO2437/02
Piece of Hessian (sacking) with label addressed to Private Thomas
Walker, number 16456, 9th Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancaster
Regiment, Prisoner of War, Bulgaria. Private Walker was listed as
missing in January 1916. The parcel contained 'food' and is dated
24th September 1918. This item was found in the upholstery of a
chair and donated to the museum in 1979 by a lady in Windermere.
Clearly the Hessian has been reused in the manufacture of the chair.
Accession Number: KO1240/01
Piece of Hessian (sacking) with label believed to be addressed to
Private Henry Christian, number 16805, 9th Battalion, King's Own Royal
Lancaster Regiment, Prisoner of War, Bulgaria. Private Christian
is recorded as having served with the 1st and 9th Battalions of the
King's Own. The parcel contained 'food' and is dated 24th
September 1918. This item was found in the upholstery of a chair and
donated to the museum in 2011 by a lady from Leeds.
With the survival, and arrival in the museum of a second similar label,
it is wondered if the parcels were ever sent. The war was drawing
to a close in Salonika/Bulgaria at this time. May be the Hessian
was used by a chair manufacturer after the war was over, the parcels
never being sent. It is possible we shall never know for sure, but
it is amazing that two such similar items should have found their way to
Accession Number: KO2870/01
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