The Kings Arms – 1915

High Street, Market Lavington as sent on a postcard to Canada in 1915

High Street, Market Lavington as sent on a postcard to Canada in 1915

Here we see the High Street at Market Lavington on a postcard that was posted in 1915. The prominent building and sign, on the right, is the Kings Arms. On the right, on the corner of The Market Place, there is the Post Office which is where the chemist is now.

The Post Office stood where the cmest's shop is now

The Post Office stood where the chemist’s shop is now

This card was posted to Canada.

The card was sent to Ontario, Canada

The card was sent to Ontario, Canada

We assume Bert, who sent it, was a Canadian soldier.

The brief message is transcribed below

The brief message is transcribed below

March 9th
Dear Sam
Received your letter this evening. Many thanks for epistaxis. We are still in England billeted near this village but expect to leave shortly.
Bert

Of course, we can’t make out the epistaxis or nose bleed comment! But it seems Canadians were still around in March 1915.

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One Response to “The Kings Arms – 1915”

  1. Norman merritt Says:

    On October 3 1914 .83.000 Canadian troops left Canada bound for
    England.arriving two weeks later at Plymouth.
    At that time the largest military force ever to cross the Atlantic at one time.
    The British war office allocated Salisbury plain as the training area
    For the Canadian troops
    1914 was one of the wettest winters on record and then at Christmas heavy snow fell as most were under canvas in bell tents
    Illness took its toll.and delayed training
    In January 1915 now known as the Canadian division they were sent to France
    Then in September 1915 The second division followed to France
    Then in August 1916 the third and fourth divisions were sent to France
    So yes they were still around in March 1915 ( and well beyond)
    They were involved in some of the bloodiest battles of the war and
    fought with distinction and honour with over 60.000 killed or
    Wounded

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