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Could anyone please help me in trying to work out what is happening in the attached photograph?

 

My family owns the original embroidered sheet shown in the photograph but we don't know how.

 

We know that the sheet was created at the North Staffordshire Infirmary in 1917 by wounded servicemen. We had family living opposite the NSI in the mid thirties.

 

In the photo it looks like the sheet was being displayed or maybe sold/raffled. Also in the photo you can see the words "Houp La" - Houp La was a silent movie released in 1928 I think. There are also other activities going on in the background behind the sheet.

 

I don't own the photograph - it came from another forum member.

 

Any help greatly appreciated.

 

Regards

 

Russ

 

 

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It looks to me like a fete with the sheet being displayed, possibly to be raffled.  The houp la (or hoop la) would be a stall where you throw hoops over pegs to win prizes.

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Certainly look like blues. Each square has a named man with his battalion or unit, shame no number!

 

One could still find a proportion of service/pension files from the squares that should ID North Staffordshire Infirmary.

 

Perhaps a family member bought it at the raffle, Can't make out what the 2 labels say beside each man's head.

TEW

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Needlework was a recreation taught to wounded and recovering men in hospital. It counter-acted boredom and could be undertaken in groups giving a sense of community. What I think has happened here is that individual soldiers completed small samplers and these were stitched together to form a prize at a fete - probably a raffle. I would ignore Houp La, the musical comedy. In the context here it will be the "game" outlined in post #2.

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24 minutes ago, TEW said:

 Can't make out what the 2 labels say beside each man's head.

 

Looks like the figure 6 on the bottom right of the right handed one, perhaps 6d a ticket?

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5 hours ago, Heid the Ba said:

I wondered about hospital blues but thought they had lighter coloured lapels.

 

The original/early style did, later simplified versions did not:

 

Image result for hospital blue ww1

 

Image result for hospital blue ww1

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Hi russ

Bit of a long shot but my gt grandfather fred brown was from tipton and wounded.

Do you have a list of the names?

As I said..a bit of a long shot.

Regards Steve 

 

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There is a complete list that I'll post shortly.

 

In the mean time I'm attaching a couple of photos of the sheet.

 

Regards

 

Russ

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Here is the list

 

Pte S Hudson 8 Coy Welsh Rgt Pioneers

Rifleman C Mernagh 4th Royal Irish Rifles

Pte J Waugh Northumberland Fusliers

AB J Gillespie 1st Hawke Royal Naval Division

Pte Hexley 2nd Royal Warwickshire

D Sully 15th Divisonal Motor Transport

Pte. R Campbell 13th Royal Scots

Pte. W Lee 2nd Batt Suffolk Regt.

Pte. J Divall 10th Batt The Queens Own

Pte. G Wilkins 22nd Middlesex Regt

Pte A Burniston 26th Royal Fusiliers

Pte J Playford ?? Regt

Pte A Rowe 8th Batt East Sussex Regt

Pte J Pinnock 3rd London Regt

Pte C Hunt 3rd Worcestershire Regt

Sgt J Holliday Tyneside Scottish

Pte C Panter 1st Northants Regt

Pte Hawker 17th Notts and Derby

Pte H Pearce The Devon Regt 8th Batt

L/Cpl A Willats 17th Batt Middlesex Regt

Pte J Houseman West Yorks

Pte J Eaglesfield 1 S.Staffs Regt

Sgt A L Loft East York 8th Batt

Pte W Young 9th Glasgow Highlanders

RFLN C Harvey 1/9th London Regt (QVR)

Sgt R H Cass RE

Pte B M Pipps 1st Batt Royal Fusliers

Pte F Chitty 19th Batt The Welsh Regt

Pte JA Chitty 2/8 London Royal Fusiliers

Gunner J S McLeod RGA Heavy Batt

Pte C Bowles 121Machine Gun Corps

Cpl. H Heal 1st Batt Royal Warwick Regt

Pte E Coin 2nd Batt RMLI RND

Pte H J Placy 1st Field Ambulance

Sgt R E Machan 32nd Royal Fus

Sgt J Rooke 1st Yorkshire Regt

Rifleman H Earnshaw London Rifle Brigade

Pte S Cameron OAS

L/Cpl S Cage 1st Somerset Regt

Pte Hewer 1st Batt Royal Berks

Pte W Ormald Gordon Highlander

Pte W Knipe 9th West Riding

Pte W Moir 1st Gordon Highlanders

Pte W H Rothwell 1/5th L N Lancs Regt

Pte W Moir 1st Gordon Highlanders

Pte W Green WRFA RAMC TF

Pte A Wilson 1st Royal Sussex Regt

Pte JC Braybrook 1st London Regt RF

Cpl J Grace 7th Manchester Regt

Pte W Hargreaves 12th Manchester Regt

Pte H Plunkett 2nd Royal Irish

Pte J McDonald 1st Batt HLI

Sgt J Sims 8th West Riding

Pte J Leary 50th Division RAMC

Pte A Wilkinson 12th Manchester Regt

Pte Mill?? 6th Batt ASH Arg

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24 minutes ago, DavidOwen said:

I read it as CAIN.

No E CAIN RMLI.

Edit: Probably Private Edward GAIN, Plymouth/948(S), RMLI. Surivived WW1 (demobilised) but died in WW2. K.i.a. as an Assistant Steward Merchant Navy when the SS ALMEDA STAR was torpedoed off Scotland by U.96 on 21 January 1941.

His brother Walter GAIN Plymouth/1009(S) was k.i.a. with 1st Royal Marine Battalion 19 August 1917.

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2 minutes ago, DavidOwen said:

E Cain in RND

Cain, Ernest (no apparent overseas service or wounding) http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D7264282

Cains, Ernest recorded as served in France with various battalions, wounded (gassed and died) http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D7291027

 

 

Unfortunately neither man was a private in the RMLI. Both were able seamen in the RNVR and neither of them served in RMLI battalions of the RND.

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Just now, horatio2 said:

Unfortunately neither man was a private in the RMLI. Both were able seamen in the RNVR and neither of them served in RMLI battalions of the RND.

Thanks for checking.

Wonder who was the man concerned then?

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