Princess Mary World War 1 Christmas Tin
A Royal Christmas Gift.
Princess Mary, the 17-year-old daughter of King George V and Queen Mary had the idea of sending a Christmas gift from the nation to every man and woman serving overseas on Christmas day 1914. In the run-up to Christmas, adverts in the national press invited donations to a ‘sailor’s and soldier’s Christmas fund’. The response was so large that money was spent on the embossed tin as well as the contents. This tin was given to Corporal TG Lewis, in October 1914. Corporal Lewis served at the Battle of the Somme, London Regiment, Royal Fusiliers.