Dear Mum

This postcard is postmarked Sutton Mandeville Camp with a date that looks like 12 JY 16, or 12th July 1916. It is signed ‘Frank’, starts ‘Dear Mum’, and is addressed to Mrs. Lamsdale in London. ‘Frank’ may be Arthur F Lamsdale of the London Regiment. The 3/7th London Regiment (the Shiny 7th) were based at Sutton Mandeville until the start of August 1916 and several of the men in the picture have Shiny 7th cap badges. Unfortunately, there is no clue as to which one is Frank in the picture, but the postcard gives a great impression of the huts and their inhabitants in an ‘informal’ setting.

(Postcard courtesy of Toby Green)