Five members of the West Indies Auxiliary Territorial Servic
Photograph of five members of the West Indies Auxiliary Territorial Service sitting on a military vehicle, 1943-1947 (c).In the early stages of the Second World War black Caribbean women wishing to support the war effort were given little support or encouragement by the British government. Voluntary groups in the West Indies were given no financial support from the War Office in London and those wishing to travel to Britain were discouraged either by the racial prejudice of recruiting officers or by policies such as that which stipulated that those wishing to serve in Britain had to pay there own passage across the Atlantic. However, in face of the exigencies of war which necessitated the total mobilisation of the Empire and Commonwealth citizens it became clear that this discriminatory policy could not stand. By 1943 West Indian Women were allowed to join the uniformed services and by the end of the war many hundreds had seen service with these organisations and thousands more contributed through work in essential industries and agriculture.One of 69 photographs relating to the West Indies Auxiliary Territorial Service, 1943-1947. Date: 1943
© The National Army Museum / Mary Evans Picture Library
Ciss on Rose Day - WWI postcard
'Ciss on Rose Day. Won't you buy my pretty flower. Caricature of Ciss. Includes card saying 'Happy Christmas' with pressed leaf and ribbon (one leaf missing). Card on verso reads 'To Ciss. Wishing you the best of health and happiness this Xmas. Fondest Love & Kisses. Yours, Bert.' 386202 Acting Sergeant Herbert Gibson, Mm, 1St Northumbrian Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Born September 1889.'
© David Cohen Fine Art/Mary Evans Picture Library
Good Luck postcard
A Czechoslovakian Good Luck postcard, featuring a small girl sat in a barrel holding a bottle of sparkling wine (and spilling a glass of the same), surrounded by large four-leafed clovers, some of which are being eaten by a piglet!
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
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