A wonderful Military Uniform Trunk once owned by WW1 soldier, Lieut. C. L. Matson of the 4th Lancashire Royal Fusiliers.
Constructed of steel with a beautiful painted finish that has a wonderful patina. The lid has a brass plate that has Matson's name and regiment engraved in a wonderful script.
The case has handles on all four sides with sliding bolts on the front with a lock (no key). The inside has one large and one smaller compartment.
The 4th Lancashire Fusiliers have an amazing WW1 battle history, they were part of the 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers and were in Dover with the 12th Brigade when war was declared in 1914. The 4th division was held back from the original British Expeditionary Force in a last minute decision to defend England against a German landing. With no enemy movement the decision was reversed and they proceeded to France landing at Boulogne on the 20th August 1914 to provide infantry reinforcements at the Battle of Le Cateau.
They went on and fought in The Battles of Marne, Aisne and Messines. In 1915 they fought in the 2nd Battle of Ypres. In 1916 The Battle of The Somme. In 1917 The fist and 4th Battles of The Scarpe, The Third Battle of Ypres where they fought in the Battle of Polygon Wood. The Battle of Broodseinde, The Battle of Poelcapelle and the First Battle of Passchedaele.
In 1918 they were again in action in The Somme, returning later to Flanders defending the Hinges Ridge at Hazebrouck and in The Battle of Bethune, The Second Battle of Arras, The Battles of the Hindenburg Line and the Final Advance in Picardy. After all of that The 4th Division were finally demobilised in Belgium in early 1919.
COLOUR: Deep Dark Brown with a Reddish paint effect
COMPOSITION: Steel & Brass
DIMENSIONS: (H)26cm (L)107cm (D)38mm
PERIOD: 1910 WW1
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