Ration Tin

Production date
1914-1918
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Object detail

Description
WW1 ration tin, unopened. Lid reads: "EMERGENCY RATION PURPOSE OF CONTENTS TO BE CONSUMED ONLY WHEN NO OTHER RATIONS OF ANY KIND ARE PROCURABLE TO OPEN STRIP OFF BAND INSERT COIN IN CORNER GROOVE AND TURN NOTICE NOT TO BE OPENED EXCEPT BY ORDER OF AN OFFICER"
Classification
CH classification PACKAGES AND CONTAINERS Tin food tin
CH classification MILITARY Army mess kit
Production date
1914-1918
Measurements
L115 x W83 x H29 mm
Media/Materials description
Steel
Contents unknown
Signature/Marks
"EMERGENCY RATION PURPOSE OF CONTENTS TO BE CONSUMED ONLY WHEN NO OTHER RATIONS OF ANY KIND ARE PROCURABLE TO OPEN STRIP OFF BAND INSERT COIN IN CORNER GROOVE AND TURN NOTICE NOT TO BE OPENED EXCEPT BY ORDER OF AN OFFICER"
History and use
Thisration tin is included in a collection of items owned by First World War veteran Edward Gilchrist Hope. The collection includes various personal items, some with bullet damage.

The collection also includes Hope's medals, including a DCM he was awarded for his actions near Peronne, France, on 29 August 1918: ”In the attack near Peronne on the 29th August, 1918, he rushed three enemy machine-gun positions single-handed, putting them out of action, and killing or capturing the crews. Later his company advanced through a heavy artillery barrage and suffered heavy casualties. Although wounded, he took up a position within 100 yards of the enemy and beat down their fire with his Lewis gun.”
Registration number
H48810

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