War - WW1 - Cake of Soap from 1918
This bar of soap was brought back from the First World War by Private W. Robertson, 26489 of the 1st Battalion Black Watch. The soap was donated to the museum by a family member. It was wrapped in paper, written on the outside of which was:
1st BATT BLACK WATCH
WIMMERAUX HOSPITAL FRANCE
NO 8 STATIONARY HOSPITAL
Private Robertson was wounded while serving in France and spent time recovering in Wimereux Hospital. During WW1 there were two types of Base Hospital, known as ‘Stationary’ and ‘General’ Hospitals. They were large facilities, often set up in buildings such as hotels, and generally near the coast for ease of evacuation back to Britain. Private Roberson was treated in one of the ten hospitals in the seaside town of Wimereux, near Boulogne.