Wooden box, the lid painted with a Belgian ensign with a warship in the distance and inscribed 'R.N.D. 1914' (Royal Naval Division). The base of the box marked 'MADE BY THE INTERNED SAILORS IN GRONINGEN HOLLAND 1914-1915'.

The Royal Navy Division (RND) was made up of two naval brigades and a brigade of marines formed from surplus personnel from the naval reserves. After brief training the RND was sent to defend Antwerp alongside Belgian forces in the opening stages of the war. Fifteen hundred men crossed the Dutch frontier and were interned in the Netherlands to avoid capture by the Germans, the remaining survivors embarked for Dover in October 1914.

Object Details

ID: AAA0011
Collection: Decorative art
Type: Box
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Royal Naval Division sailor
Places: Belgium
Date made: 1914-15; 1914-1915
People: Royal Navy
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. We regret that Museum enquiries have not been able to identify the copyright holder and would welcome any information that would help us update our records. Please contact the Picture Library.
Measurements: 60 x 120 x 83 mm

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