Market Lavington Museum

On the mend


We hope that, by 28th July 1917, Trooper Fred Kellaway of the 4th Wiltshire Terriers was getting better. He had moved from the Wharncliffe War Hospital to a convalescent home in Worksop when he received this saucy postcard.

Courting couples were often the subject of humorous cards a century ago. The person writing to Fred Kellaway assumed that he wouldn’t be able to get up to any dirty work at that time.

Across the four cards, we have seen the recipient called by his first name, Fred, by his surname, Kellaway, and now by the nickname Kelly.

At Market Lavington Museum, we know nothing more of his story, except that he did make it home, as he was known to be a member of the Market Lavington branch of the R.A.O.B. (Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes) a national organisation with local lodges offering fraternal support group to its members.