In November 1914, an advertisement was placed in the press inviting people to contribute to a Christmas Fund, an idea from Princess Mary. The money raised was used to send every serving soldier, sailor and nurse a Christmas present from the nation. The gift took the form of a brass tin filled with various items depending on the group of people it was being sent to. These included tobacco, pipes, chocolate, spices, paper and pencils along with a Christmas card and picture of the Princess.
Come and see this tin in the 100 Years Ago: Salford at War exhibition at Salford Museum and Art Gallery.