The officer would have used this box daily for sanitary, and mental health essentially. The texts would keep him mentally sane, and the utensils would have helped keep him physically healthy.
The items within the box include;
– Linen utensil pouch
– Two bars of original soap
– A trench art bullet casing fashioned into a cross and another trench art piece
– Three military buttons/badges
– Psalms Prayer Book
– Two Military Combat Manuals
– Shaving utensils to include a sharpener and cleaner
– Pocket Knife/Fork/Spoon
– Two bone handled brushes
– Pen Quills
– Ivorine type photograph
– Pocket binoculars
– Various lapel stars
The Royal Engineers are combat soldiers with a technical edge and have a role in every area of the battlefield. At the front they support the rest of the Army, bridging rivers, using explosives to destroy bridges or clearing routes through minefields.
Hundreds of thousands of troops from the British Empire served in the (Second) Boer War (1899-1902). Although outnumbered, the Boers were a skilled and determined enemy. After initial setbacks and a long period of guerrilla warfare, the British eventually prevailed, but not without adopting controversial tactics.
A real time capsule and a fascinating compendium of the British Empire.