Christmas on the Veldt

During Christmas 1899 and 1900, the call went out for various companies across the United Kingdom to supply quantities of pudding (usually plum flavoured) to be distributed to the commonwealth soldiers serving in the South African Boer War.
There are records of a variety of different styles of puddings and containers being produced for different countries and regiments, some of which have managed to remain uneaten for over 120 years! The white porcelain bowls, such as the one pictured, are believed to have been provided by Queen Victoria herself to be filled up with a warm dessert for her gallant troops. It is on display in our Anglo-Boer War gallery, along with a 120+ year old box of chocolate.