Many people own beautiful silk embroidered cards that were sent to their families by loved ones serving overseas during WWI.
It may seem strange that amid such horror, these delightful and delicate tokens arrived home. The silk postcards and handkerchiefs were bought as souvenirs by soldiers serving on the Western Front. The silk was embroidered by local French and Belgian women and then sent to factories to be created into small cards and postcards. Some of the silk was made into an envelope and a message or handkerchief placed inside, or sometimes it was fixed to card and a message was written on the back.
This is a card that is in an old album that belonged to my wife’s grandmother, Annie French of Meonstoke. It appears to have been sent to her by someone called Frank Fossey. The front and back image of the little card is one that is inside the main one. I’ve no idea who Frank Fossey was because I think that her husband had been killed by this time.
Submitted by Roy Montgomery
Old Alresford village booklet now available
Old Alresford, (VB100) is located midway between Alton and Winchester just north of New Alresford which is on the A31. Alresford Pond is a large lake created in the 12th Century at the head of the River Arle, a tributary of the River Itchen. Several water mills have existed along the river with the restored […]
Knowle War Memorial
Knowle Hospital was open in 1852 as the Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum. The asylum was renamed Knowle Mental Hospital in c.1923 and following the 1948 introduction of the National Health Service Act, became Knowle Hospital. At the beginning of the 20th century, Knowle Hospital was home to over 1000 patients and staff and was a self […]
Free Data in the Members’ Area
For some time HGS has had the intention of making some of its large collection of Family History data available to members in the Members’ Area of our website. With the development of our website we have now been able to begin this process and the first set to be introduced is of various ‘small churchyards’ […]
RIP Private Herbert Frank French
Herbert Frank FRENCH was born on 21st April 1884 at 11 Hyde Close in Winchester, the illegitimate son of Emily. On 18th January 1908 he married Sarah Ann (Annie) BIGNELL in Meonstoke and then settled in the village to raise their daughters Emily and Ivy. Herbert was initially in the Territorial Army then when WWI […]
Can you help
We have recently been passed a copy of a photograph with a request for more information, maybe the location or the purpose. A comment with the photo says that the men were in training but didn’t say what for.