Clipstone Camp near Mansfield in Nottinghamshire was a very large military training camp established during the First World War. Thousands of men went there to train before going off to fight for King and Country. Their future was unknown and many would not return.
The welfare of the men was of up most importance during their time at Clipstone with concerts and other activities taking place both at the camp and in the surrounding town and villages.
These two postcards reveal that in 1917 Christmas was still a time of celebration. On the reverse of the top postcard is written ‘This is a photo of our cake and the cooks who made it. Made in the shape of a house.’
Very poignantly on the back of the bottom card are the words ‘For Dear Old Mum.’