I first became interested in how the postal service operated during the Great War when I came into possession of a handful of letters written by my grandfather to my grandmother in 1918, soon after they were married.
Knitting warm clothing for ‘our boys on the frontline and at sea’ became a moral duty soon after the outbreak of the Great War. The movement was spearheaded by Queen Mary through the Queen’s Guild and the Red Cross.
Highclere Castle is the setting for the popular drama series, Downton Abbey. During WWI, Downton is turned into a convalescent hospital. The story is fiction but the hospital established at Highclere Castle in 1914 was real.