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:

PT.W ROBERTSON

26489

1st BATT BLACK WATCH

WIMMERAUX HOSPITAL FRANCE

NO 8 STATIONARY HOSPITAL

DEC 1918

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.

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