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WW1 London PO Brought Back To Life

Discussion in 'Military History' started by GRW, May 5, 2018.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    Hope they do it justice. This place is legendary.
    "Sprawling across five acres, it was a crucial part of Britain's Great War effort, keeping up morale in the trenches by sending longed-for letters and parcels to millions of 'Tommies'.
    Now the vast sorting office, which was set up in London's Regent's Park, is being recreated – a century on from the Armistice.
    It will be brought back to life inside a marquee to mark the role of the Royal Parks during the 1914-1918 conflict.
    The depot, which included a giant hut that was the largest wooden structure in the world at the time, employed 2,500 staff, many of them women.
    During the war, it handled more than two billion letters and 140 million parcels, which were sent to the front line.
    The letters were transported around the depot in wicker trolleys and sorted depending on which unit they were addressed to and where it was stationed.
    It was also the central hub from where letters bearing bad news were despatched to the families of Servicemen.
    The exhibition will show the conditions for the staff and mementoes from the period, including a humorous ditty written by one worker, James Sullivan, who mocks his war service in a post office rather than on the battlefield.
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