My grandfather, Joseph Taylor Dinnis fought in both World Wars. I am currently trying to find more information about where he was during World Was 1, his records seem to have been lost. But what we do have in the family archives (thanks to cousin Sue) are a few photographs and some beautiful embroidered silk postcards that he sent home. By looking at the cards and photographs again I am wondering if I can learn any more about Joseph’s time spent in WW1.
One of the silk cards has ‘Souvenir de Belgique’ embroidered on the front, and checking the photographs of Joseph Taylor Dinnis we can confirm he was in Belgium at some point.
For further information about the silk postcards I found a couple of websites helpful, their details are at the end of this post.
Silk embroidered postcards originated around 1900 at the Paris Exhibition. They were most popular during World War 1, when they were created by French and Belgian women who sold them as souvenirs to the soldiers on the Western Front.
The designs include flags, butterfly wings, bird plumage, rainbows, forget-me-not and pansy flowers, bluebirds and regimental caps and badges.
Originally made in the homes of women and girls and in refugee camps, as demand increased the production was transferred to factories. It is so nice to see and hold these original cards sent home by my grandfather, showing that he was always thinking of his loved one’s back home.