House Clearance In Woking Throws Up German Soldiers Water Bottle
During a recent house clearance in Woking, Surrey Avery Associates found a piece of history in the form of water bottle belonging to German infantry soldier. The metal water bottle was tucked away in a cupboard inside a carrier bag with a newspaper cutting attached from the deal mercury dated 1914. We have carried out house clearance in Guildford, Leatherhead, Epsom, Weybridge, Redhill, Farnham, Deepcut and found many interesting items but it was while carrying out this house clearance in Woking that we found the curious item.
Curious Find On Walmer Beach
The following original article cut from the Deal Mercury was found attached to the water bottle and reads “A curious discovery was made by Mr E.W.May, of Lyndale, Dover-Road, about 4’oclock on Monday afternoon. When walking along the beach about 400 yards beyond Walmer Castle Mr. May saw an object that had just drifted ashore, and on going to it, found that it was the shape of a soldier’s water bottle. The cloth cover was fastened by spring “clippers”. Upon inspection it was found to have engraving indicating that it had belonged to a German infantry soldier of the reserve. On the flat side ( which would be worn next to the body ) was a picture of a German infantry soldier in marching order, with pickel-haube, apparently running, and in front of him an object resembling a mile stone with “60 km” on it.
On the other side was an imperial crown with “Gott mit uns” in a scroll of Oak leaves all over. In the centre was an inscription indicating that was a souvenir of an expedition or field operations in 1914. Beneath were the Emperors “W.Kr.” Apparently the bottle had been that of a soldier of the 8th Company of the 16th reserve infantry regiment.
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