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John Hall World War I militaria and poster collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2014-027-s-r

Scope and Contents

This collection contains:

Box 1: 1 British officer's uniform tunic, including two shirts, sweater, ties, etc. (#129, #130, #131, #132, #133, #134, #135, #136, #137, #138, #139)

Carton 2: 1 German field helmet camouflage paint, ca. 1917 (#1)

Carton 3: 1 French M-15 Adrian helmet, early liner RF stamped (#2)

Carton 4: 1 British “Brodie” field helmet ca. 1916 (#3)

Carton 5: 1 German Stahlhelm tri-color camouflage (#4)

Carton 6: 1 German Stahlhelm (#146)

Carton 7: 1 burlap sandbag (#23) 1 set suspenders (#29) 1 officer's haversack (#108) 1 German map case (#109) 1 set British binoculars with leather case (#143) 1 "Sam Browne" belt with holster (#148) 1 pair boots, short, British? (#164) 1 beaded Turkish prisoner of War purse (#165)

Carton 8: 1 British Webley & Scott flare gun “Very Pistol” (#7) 1 British vinyl recording of a gas shell bombardment “gas shell exploding” (#92) 1 Martins LTD field telephone and Morse key (#98) 1 British field mess tin with cup, dated 1916 (#99) 1 British trench periscope, box shaped (#101) 1 British flashlight in leather case (#115) 1 British flashlight in leather case with twine strap (“Rev. B.G. O’Rorke Chaplain 33rd Division”) (#116) 1 cylindrical trench periscope (#144) 1 British bugle (#145)

Carton 9: British gas rattle (#19) 1 German sword bayonet with scabbard and Jager regiment sword knot (#102) 1 German gas mask and canister (#106) 1 U.S. mortar bomb, metal, cylindrical (#128)

Carton 10: 1 British officer’s canteen (#107) 1 British clay rum bottle, marked SRD (“Service Rum Diluted,” or “Supply Reserve Depot”) (#142)

Box 11: 1 cloth gas mask (#105)

Box 12: 1 framed gas mask used at Gallipoli (#103)

Box 13: 1 French Ersatz hair brush grenade (#5) 1 German Feldglas 08 binoculars (#6) 2 pieces rusted shrapnel (#8, #9) 1 German rifle grenade (#10) 1 German 1913 pattern fragmentation grenade (#11) 1 German egg grenade (#12) 1 German Kugel grenade Model 1913/14 (#13) 1 French 1913 pattern ball hand grenade (#14) 1 French “barabelle” stick hand grenade (#15) 1 British issue pocket knife (#45) 1 bayonet adapted to a knife (#120)

Box 14: 1 “Book of Jewish Thoughts” dated 1920 (#25) 1 letter ‘R’ cloth patch (#30) 1 envelope containing one piece of airplane with description (#39) 1 French phrase book for British soldiers (#40) 1 Christmas card marked “36th Ulster Division B.E.F. 1916” (#41) 1 Soldiers pay book for William Rolland (#42) 1 British “Active Service Testament 1914-15” (#43) 1 Mobilization papers, in “French” (#46) 1 set military playing cards (#47)* 1 Platoon and Company Drill booklet (#48) 1 envelope with picture, letter and permission chit for PTE W.F. Lowe (#49) 1 Booklet on “Defensive Measures for Gas Attack” (#50) 1 Railway ticket for leave 11/4/16 through 18/4/16 (#51) 1 copy of “The Buzzer” (#52) 1 postcard showing the aftermath of an attack, with German field artillery (#53) 2 cloth patches marked “Suffolk” (#61, 62) 2 cloth patches marked “Durham” (#63, 64) 2 cloth patches marked “RGA” (#65, 66) 2 cloth patches marked “3H” green (#67, 68) 2 cloth patches marked “3H” brown (#69, 70) 1 uniform award ribbon, multicolor, small (#71) 1 uniform award ribbon bar, multicolor, large (#72) 1 Royal engineer’s cap badge (#73) 2 Canadian pay books with 1 dog tag set, for SGT. W.A. Bedard, with photo (#75, 76, 77) 4 sets of identity discs (#78, #79, #80, #81) 1 tag marked “Wounded Man’s Kit” and “Capt. Woodbridge” (#83) 1 packet of broadsheets with letters (#84) 1 sheet of instructions for “Mallock-Armstrong Ear Defender” (#87) 1 registration card for Thomas Ramsay Stoney marked “Recruiting Office 1915” (#88) 1 red bow tie (#90) 1 medal with ribbon and picture dated 1916 (#91) 2 3x5 cards with soldier’s information written on them (#93, 94) 1 dog tag marked with “rifles, wes.” (#96) 1 folder containing four postcards and six photos, relate to Leonard Terry Despicht (#117) 1 photo sleeve containing four photos (#118) 1 Christmas card marked “Royal Engineers” (#119) 1 piece of Zeppelin with attached note that reads “this is a piece of Zeppelin” (#122) 1 piece of Zeppelin with attached note that reads “this was found on the road” (#123) 1 book “The Munition Worker’s Testament” (#150) 1 postcard with picture of munitions workers (#151) 1 photo of destroyed tank called HOTSPUR II (#152) 1 postcard with picture of small explosion with German writing on the back (#153) 1 photo of dead soldiers and dropped rifles in trench with note on back (#154) 1 photo of four “dead Germans” near a vehicle, with note on back (#155) 1 set duplicate pictures of “One of the million British sacrificed to the ‘wrath red forge of war.” (#156) 1 set duplicate pictures of “’One who died like a true British soldier’; Chemin des Dames, France” (#157) 1 postcard with picture of wounded soldiers at hospital (#158) 1 postcard with photo of dead soldiers in trench with German writing on the back (#159) 9 pp. Workmen’s Compensation Act 1906, 1919 document (#160) 2 pp. Workmen’s Compensation Act 1906, 1919 document (#161) 3 pp. North British Railway letter re: Workmen’s Compensation Act (#162) 1 p. document “In the county court of Cumberland Holden atv Carlisle…” (#163)

Box 16: 1 British officer’s signal whistle with leather strap, dated 1914 (#20) 1 German folding spoon/fork set (#21) 1 tube of British foot powder (#24) 3 packets of British field dressings (#26, #27, #28) 1 piece preserved hardtack (#31) 1 shaving mirror marked “G.G. Hickson” Canadian Engineers (#32) 1 unmarked shaving mirror (#33) 1 case Ear Defenders (#34) 1 soldier’s hold-all kit with utensils, razor, shaving brush, and brass button sticks (#44) 1 British matchsafe (#54) 1 iodine ampule (#56) 1 British bayonet mirror periscope (#57) 1 identification bracelet for “Rem. G. Southerton” (#74) 1 handheld pocked altimeter (#85) 1 tin of shoe polish (#86) 1 tin ear protectors (#124) 1 whistle with leather strap (#125) 1 whistle with rope strap (#126) 1 American trench mirror (#147)

Box 17: 1 trench periscope, cylindrical with wooden handle (#100)

Box 18: 1 pair boots, men’s knee high, British (#140)

Box 19: 1 German trench periscope (#141)

Uncontainered: 1 periscope, box, Australian, 1917 (#97) 1 German bunker periscope (#149)



Box 15 (ON LOAN - returned to John Hall 11/11/2015): 1 compass (#16) 1 leather case for compass with strap (“Lieut. F.D. Hoyle 45 Sherwood Foresters”) (#17) 1 bayonet with sheath (#18) 1 stapled packet of info on G.B. Jarrett (#22) 1 German shipping label from item #27 2 postcard, with German scientists, 5 (#35, #36) 1 postcard with aftermath of attack, dated 22-4-15, (#37, #38) 1 set of “With the Flag” playing cards (#47) 1 cigarette case with letter (#55) 1 British bayonet mirror periscope labelled “Vigilent” 1914 Paris (#58) 2 Princess Mary Christmas 1914 gift tins (#59, #60) 1 copy of an email transcript from John Hall (#82) 1 German belt buckle with envelop and tag (#95) 1 vial containing portions of a German Petrol Bomb dated 1915 (#110) 1 German glass canteen (#114) 1 belt with pins (#121) 1 pair of wire cutters with leather holder (#127)

AND

Uncontainered: 1 framed leather pouch stamped “Penetrated by bullet 1916 (#104) 1 gas mask, French; white and brown knapsacks; framed (#111) 1 gas mask; French “Pig,” black with pack, knapsack; framed (#112) 1 gas mask; French; brown with brown knapsack; framed (#113)
Some loan items were returned to John Hall 11/11/2015. Note the Scope and Contents Box 15 and Loan (out of box).

Dates

  • 1899 - 1918
  • Majority of material found within 1914 - 1918

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Extent

12 Linear Feet (16 boxes, 5 framed items, 4 uncontainered items, 88 posters and sheet music)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection contains World War One, British, French and German military artifacts that chronicles the experiences of the common soldiers in the trenches.

Arrangement

This collection is still being arranged and described.
Title
Finding Aid for the John Hall World War I militaria and poster collection
Status
Completed
Author
Andrew Harman
Date
4/10/2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries Repository

Contact:
Chapman University
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