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Treasures from the Collection: Red Cross Parcel, WWII

Treasures from the Collection: Red Cross Parcel, WWII

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

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National Army Museum. Red Cross Parcel, WWII. 1996.1145

This Christmas you may be dreaming of the latest techno gadget, a new bike or looking forward to delicious festive treats. For some soldiers who had become Prisoner’s of War (POWs) during WWII, the coming of Christmas brought back memories of home and precious time spent with their loved ones before the war.

The British Red Cross, in conjunction with the Order of Saint John sent out special Christmas parcels to supplement the often poor camp diets and bring a bit of Christmas cheer. British Red Cross Christmas parcels such as this one could’ve contained items like canned turkey, devilled ham, cherries, tobacco, a can of jam, a can of candy and a pack of cards.

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