Easter ‘comfort gifts’ for Sussex soldiers

Saturday 14 April 1917 ,  Hastings and St Leonards Observer. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD, digitised by the British Newspaper Archive.

Saturday 14 April 1917 , Hastings and St Leonards Observer. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD, digitised by the British Newspaper Archive.

Over Easter in 1917, local people in Sussex organised gifts for soldiers. Local papers published an itemised list of who received socks.

The Hastings and St Leonards Observer from 14th April 1917 lists who contributed to the Sussex Soldiers Cigarette and Comforts Fund, and also names each soldier who received ‘an Easter gift’ from the fund.

Easter gifts from the home front

Easter gifts included socks and cigarettes. Easter 1917’s collection involved two gifts of 9,000 cigarettes each, which were sent to the 7th and 8th battalions of the Royal Sussex Regiment.

In one or two cases mufflers have been forwarded in place of socks

“In one or two cases,” notes E. Gertrude Adams, who acted as secretary for the fundraising, “mufflers have been forwarded in place of socks”.

Below is the list of specific names the paper reported as having received socks and cigarettes. Most names are not given in full, but perhaps someone you know of or may be researching when Lives of the First World War launches might be listed. Perhaps you even have a letter among your family mementoes where these gifts are mentioned.

Saturday 14 April 1917 , Hastings and St Leonards Observer. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD, digitised by the British Newspaper Archive.

Saturday 14 April 1917 , Hastings and St Leonards Observer. Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD, digitised by the British Newspaper Archive.

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One Response to Easter ‘comfort gifts’ for Sussex soldiers

  1. It’s astounding how ‘socks and cigarettes’ was probably a brilliant gift for the soldiers!

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