War objects unearthed at iMuseum

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An autograph book with a Manx girl’s detailed description of the last day of the First World War were among the items taken to the iMuseum to be identified by Manx National Heritage curators.

Junk, Gems and Jellyfish – and The Great War saw a steady stream of residents bring a range of items from the war to the Douglas museum.

John Davies with his grandfather's medals

John Davies with his grandfather's medals

They included the nose cone of a Turkish shell used at home as a door stopper and silk postcards which were made by French women and bought by soldiers to send home to their loved ones.

John Davies, of Tromode Park, Douglas, took a range of items relating to his grandfather Charles Barton, who served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, including the military medal he was awarded for his bravery on the first day of the battle of the Somme.

Curator of social history Matthew Richardson said: ‘We had a lady bring some First World War photos of her father and I was able to find his service record online. She remembered visiting her grandmother at the address on the records when she was a girl.

‘Probably the most unusual and important item was an autograph book belonging to a Manx girl during the First World War in which she described in detail the events of 11 November 1918, the day the war ended.’

‘It just goes to show the value of events like this, because as well as us helping members of the public to identify the things they have, it also brings to light objects of real historical importance, which then help us in our work.’

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