Name/TitlePostcard, World War One
About this objectPostcard; dated 30 October 1916 from Rifleman John Thomas (Tom) Clearwater while serving in France to his mother Mrs Alice Clearwater. The front of the card is decorated with embroidered flowers and the words 'To my dear mother'. We also have six handkerchiefs that Tom Clearwater sent home to his mother from France (MT2012.30.2 - MT2012.30.7).
He embarked on 5 February 1916 as a rifleman and survived the war. In March 1917 Tom Clearwater was awarded the Military Medal for 'acts of gallantry in the field'. He rose through the ranks and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1918. After the war he returned to the family farm in Terrace Road, Mataura and lived in the District until his death in 1957.
Place MadeEurope, France
Medium and Materialsprocessed material, paper
Inscription and MarksEmbroidered on front: 'To my dear mother'.
Printed on reverse: Fabrication Francaise'.
Handwritten on reverse: '30/10/1916 / Mrs R (Robert) Clearwater / Mataura / Southland / New Zealand / With best wishes and Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year Tom / News in a letter if I have any'.
Measurementsh 87mm x w 138mm
Subject and Association Keywordsmilitary/world war one
Credit LineFrom the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.