On the left side of the photo there is a florists's sign that reads 'Wreaths and Crosses' and I'm following that link in this blog. In World War 1 a relative was sent an album of pressed flowers from the Holy Land and Jerusalem. There are about 12 pages like those below. The album is about A4 size and has a cover made of olive wood. Some of the pages have crosses, some not. The flowers are in remarkably good condition and retain a lot of colour.
Also during the war a family member, David Ray Leed, was killed in France. This photo was sent to his parents.
|David Ray Leed's cross, Rue-Du-Bois Cemetery, Fleurbaix, France|
|Private David Ray Leed, 23 Battalion, Killed in Action Pozieres, Somme, France 15 Jul 1916; |
Buried Rue-Du-Bois Cemetery, Fleurbaix, France.
About 15 years ago friends of ours visited the cemetery and gave us these photos as well as a pressed red poppy they gathered from a field there. As you can see, the cemetery looks much different now. It's under the care of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
|Rue-Du-Bois Cemetery, Fleurbaix, France|
|David Ray Leed's headstone, Rue-Du-Bois Cemetery, Fleurbaix, France|
At about the same time, between 1910 and 1920, this postcard was sent to a lady in Melbourne for her birthday. Now why would you put a cannon on a birthday card??? Even if it is covered in flowers.