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Sailors' craftwork

Object connections:

Collection Sailors' craftwork, Decorative art
Gallery locationForgotten Fighters (Floor plans)
PeopleDepiction: Royal Navy

Object details:

Object ID AAA0010
Description A wooden box lined with grey silk, the hinged lid painted with a British warship in action. On the front 'RNB Oct 1914' (Royal Naval Brigades). Made by prisoners of war while interned at Groningen, Netherlands during World War One. The Royal Navy Division (RND) was made up of two naval brigades and a brigade of marines formed from surplus personnel from the naval reserves. After brief training the RND was sent to defend Antwerp alongside Belgian forces in the opening stages of the war. Fifteen hundred men crossed the Dutch frontier and were interned in the Netherlands to avoid capture by the Germans, the remaining survivors embarked for Dover in October 1914.
Date made 1914-1918

Artist/Maker Royal Naval Brigade Personnel
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. We regret that Museum enquiries have not been able to identify the copyright holder and would welcome any information that would help us update our records. Please contact the Picture Library.
Materials wood; paint; silk
Measurements Overall: 50 mm x 110 mm x 80 mm
  • Box (AAA0010)
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