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
Wield MI Correction
As with all data that gets indexed or transcribed there is always the possibility that information can be misread due to bad handwriting or general aging. Whilst preparing information for the forthcoming village booklet on Wield I have found a prime example of this.
Our Amazing Volunteers
A big, big thank you to the Bookstall volunteers who made Family Tree Live such a success. We were kept very busy for both days of the event helping people in the search of their Hampshire ancestors. And of course welcoming our many new members. L-R Angela Winteridge, Margaret Bowman, Chris Pavey, Fiona Ranger, Geoff […]
We’re at Family Tree Live – are you?
Come and see us Friday 25th and Saturday 26th April at Family Tree Live at the Alexandra Palace, London. We are on Stands 37-38a where we will have a wide selection of HGS Publications, Maps, Genealogy Source Guides as well as Local History books and information for the whole of Hampshire.
New Winchester Group
UPDATE ON THE NEW WINCHESTER GROUP!!! The inaugural meeting of the new Winchester Group will take place at Littleton Memorial Hall on Thursday 16th May 2019. Door open at 7.15 for 7.30 start. And it’s a packed agenda for the first meeting!!! * Members of the Executive Committee will give an update on the […]
Empshott village booklet now available
Empshott, (VB102) is a small, sparsely populated parish 6 miles north of Petersfield and 2 miles south-east of Selborne with the B3006 running through the parish from Greatham north-west to Selborne.