A message from King and Queen

Christmas 1914 was supposed to have seen the war over. When it clearly wasn’t the ‘Royals’ thought they should send something to all servicemen. The King and Queen (George and Mary) sent a simple message with slight variations.

One of these cards was in the collection recently shared with us. It must have been sent to a member of the Coleman family but we are not sure which one.

Card Front

Card Front

The front carries an image of King and Queen.

The King is dressed in his army uniform which means this card was sent to a soldier and not a sailor.

The message on the back is signed by King and Queen. It may look handwritten but this is, of course, a print.

Card back

Card back

The message ‘May you soon be restored to health’ indicates that the recipient was sick or had been injured at the time the card was sent.

Of course, we’d love to know just which Coleman received this card, but we do know it definitely came to a Market Lavington man.

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2 Responses to “A message from King and Queen”

  1. Don Coleman Says:

    This card was definitely sent to Sergeant Ward whose wife was Annie Coleman daughter of William and Mary Jane of Market Lavington.He received serious wounds to an arm, he may have had it amputated.

  2. marketlavingtonmuseum Says:

    Thanks for sorting this Don.

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