World War I Wooden soldier’s trunk

In 2014 my Grandfather Verdun passed away at the age of 98. The task of sorting through his belongings fell to my parents and I.

Verdun was an engineer so had many tools and a garage full of interesting things he had collected over the years. One of the boxes of tools in the corner of the garage had suffered from years of being in the damp. The tools inside were beyond saving but the box was pretty sound. I brought the box home and it sat in my cellar for a while.

Recently, I decided to have a go at cleaning up the box to use to store family photographs and memories.

The trunk belonged to my Great, Great Grandfather, Arthur Alfred Cooper who was a Regimental Sergeant Major in the Royal Field Artillery. He travelled all over the place including India. I wonder where this box has been?

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3 thoughts on “World War I Wooden soldier’s trunk

  1. Bob Mitchell says:

    Nice one Mark – good work.

  2. Will Mowlam says:

    Stunning restoration Mark, I bet he would be astonished and incredibly proud of his great, great grandson. Have you considered talking to the Imperial War Museum. I bet they would want to know about you.

  3. Royston Dawber says:

    Wonderful restoration job Mark! When you and I found the trunk in the dusty corner of Grandad’s garage, it looked almost beyond recovery. Now it is an heirloom for future generations to enjoy. You may be able to find where it travelled to by studying British Army WW1 Records. Then you could put its history on a sheet of paper inside.
    Dad XX

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