Bayonet, Compass and Book

The objects loaned by Mrs. Kathleen Alvey

The objects loaned by Mrs. Kathleen Alvey

Bayonet, Compass and bound book of magazines – ‘Fragments From France’

These items were all loaned by Mrs. Kathleen Alvey whose Mother’s brother, Regimental Sergeant Major Charles Tinsley, is pictured at no. 18. Many soldiers bought copies of the magazine ‘The Bystanders’, which was published throughout the war and was bought by the men when on leave for a few days in France. Charles collected many of these magazines, which were later bound by his nephew to create this wonderful collection ‘Fragments from France’. Some of the contents are reproduced as a laminated booklet.

The bayonet here belonged to Kathleen’s father Henry William Stowers, who served on the Somme as a Royal Engineer, and survived the war. Later when he suffered a fall from a ladder at the age of 80, an X Ray of his head showed that he had lived all his life with a piece of shrapnel embedded in his skull. His compass is also featured here.