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Christmas Card - Australian Comforts Fund, Polygon Wood, 20 Sep 1917, Written 2 May 1918 Reg. No: ST 043828
- Australian Comforts Fund Christmas card bearing an illustration of the planting of the Australian flag on Anzac Redoubt (German Pill-box) on 20 September 1917, during the Battle of Polygon Wood (Belgium). The back of the card bears a printed greeting, a caption for the illustration and a handwritten message 'To Gordie from Will', dated 2 May 1918.
Polygon Wood, and the nearby Glencourse Wood, were destroyed in 1917, during the Battle of Menin Road. They had also been the site of earlier fierce fighting during World War I.
- Small rectangular card with blunted corners. Front bears colour illustration, back bears text printed in black and handwritten message in pencil.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Mr (David) Goodwin, 1996
|Dimensions:||77 mm (Height), 108 mm (Width)|
|Tagged with:||world war i 1914-1918, correspondence, christmas cards, soldiers comforts|
|Themes this item is part of:||Australian Comforts Fund, World War I, Australian Comforts Fund, World War II, 1939-1946, Public Life & Institutions Collection|
|Primary Classification:||MILITARY HISTORY|
|Inscriptions:||Printed: AUSTRALIAN COMFORTS FUNDS/XMAS & NEW YEAR'S GREETINGS, /1917-18. / One of the most inspiring and historic events during / the Battle of Polygon Wood (Belgium), was the / planting of the Australian Flag on Anzac Redoubt / (German Pill-box), at 7.15 a.m., on September / 20th, 1917.'
Handwritten: 'To Gordie From Will / 2.5.18'
|Organisation Named:||AIF Australian Comforts Fund, Polygon Wood, Belgium, 20 Sep|
|Date Written:||2 May 1918|