Bridging Arts

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Beading after the trenches - World War One embroidery by a soldier

This cushion was embroidered by a soldier from the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry - 'therapy' kits were distributed to hospitals and prisoner of war camps. In the centre is the Cornish shield and the county's motto: 'One and All'.
The pastel colour, delicate beading and goldwork seem so poignant - worked by someone who had seen the carnage of the trenches.
It was on display in Helston Museum, Cornwall, as part of an exhibition marking the centenary of the start of World War One.