Souvenir booklet containing B&W postcards of WW1 scenes. Cover reads: "National Shooting Range (Belgium) Souvenir of the civilian martyrs of the Great War 1914-1918." 12 B&W prints corner-tipped into binder. Subject matter consists chiefly of pictures of war memorials, burials and corpses in coffins, etc. Two named portraits, of Edith Cavell and Gabrielle Petit.
CH classification DOCUMENTS Cards remembrance card
CH classification DOCUMENTS Cards souvenir
L167 x W105 x H7 mm
Paper. Letter press printing in tarnished gold/brown ink for cover. The images are offset photo lithography through a half one screen. Verso letterpress postcard text. Paper cover mauve/brown ingres paper with light weight wove off-white wove card used for concertina postcards
National Shooting Range \ (Belgium) \ SOUVENIR \ of the CIVILIAN MARTYRS of the GREAT WAR \ 1914-1918 \ Phototopic industrielle Belge, 83-85. rue des Etange-Noire Bruxelles. O_ Tel 670.61
History and use
This souvenir folder of b&w postcards/photographs 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.”.
It seems likely that all photos, including the corpses in exhumed coffins, relate to one or the other of the two pictured women, Edith Cavell and Gabrielle Petit. Both were executed by the Germans for espionage in Belgium in WW1 and were exhumed for honourable reburial after the war. Both attained a heroic profile during and after the war.
Hope, Edward Gilchrist (b.1892, d.1977)