The WW1 Diary of Charles Robert Nicholson
Charles’ diary states that on the 13th, 14th and 15th of October 1916 his Company were cleaning the streets of Arras and parading, he must have bought these postcards there
This inkwell must have been another ‘souvinier’ from Arras, it is made from a piece of wood which I was told came from the cathederal. The shell has been made into an ink well, inscribed with ‘Somme 1916’, and what I presume is the makers name ‘Albert 19th N. Fus’.
I’m finding all this terrible distruction quite upsetting, in some ways it will be a relief to publish my last post on the 14th July.