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WW1 Mess Tin, XIV King's Hussars
Can you help solve this mystery?
This World War 1 Mess Tin was sent in to me by Mr Geoff Pegler who wrote:
Some years ago I bought a house in Wigan Lancs and whilst cleaning under the stairs I found a mug / mess tin which had been ornately hand engraved.
The engraving has a full decoration and the words, prisoner of war, Wittenberg 1914. 360 Pte E McGowan, XIV Kings Hussars, Germany. It got put away
in some boxes of my own and forgotten about. I am in the process of tidying up my stuff and I came accross this item. I wonder if you may have any
interest in it ?
Mr Pegler - Interest we certainly have, here in our Archive Section.
Our Researcher, Patrick O'Brien, is stumped by this - he can find no trace of a Pte E McGowan having served with the 14th. Please have a look at the
photographs below & the description and, If you can shed any light on this item, please get in touch.
The inscriptions are:
1914 = 15 G
360 PṭE. E. McGowan
XIV KinGS HUSSARS
The two (round) marks above the double-headed Prussian Eagle appear to be Russian cyrillics. (Manufacturer, maybe)
Is '360' his Army number, or his Prisoner number??
I came across your site by chance, following a link. Please note that the double-headed eagle on the mess tin is not Prussian,
but Imperial Russian. There was a Mannschlaftslager (PoW camp for Ptes and NCOs) at KleinWittenberg during WW1, included were
Russian as well as British prisoners.
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