he Christmas staple was stored in an airtight conditions beneath the ground, and they are still in good condition, but unfortunately are not edible.
A tin of mince pies made during the second world War is found under a hotel the floor boards. The Christmas staple was stored in an airtight conditions beneath the ground, and they are still in good condition, but unfortunately are not edible. They were discovered, addressed to Phil Davis together with a letter signed “Best, the Love of his Mother.”
The mince pies, discovered on the Loch Hotel in Douglas on the Isle of Man, are now on display at the Manx Museum on the island. Matthew Richardson, curator of social history for Manx National Heritage, is of the opinion that the cakes were hidden, so that they would not be stolen.
“If you’re in a shared room with five or six other men that you do not know, is the only way you can be sure of the protection of what was yours was looking for a place to hide,” he said. “This box of mince pies illustrates the point that wars can be international events, but they impact on a human level. Here was a young man, away from home for the first time in his life, an education, to go to a war zone. We can only imagine what his mother was feeling when she posted this look on him.”
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“We can’t say with certainty why Able Seaman Davis never ate his mince pies,” Richardson said. “Maybe he was posted away in the short term and do not have the time to pick them up.”
The mince pies and the letter were discovered when the hotel was developed into apartments in 1998, but lost in a storage room shortly after.
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Now they have rediscovered and placed in the museum. The letter has news of the events in the sailor’s in Birmingham, including details of family and friends play a card game “for money”.
It also reads: “We will be glad to see you if you do that, you get to leave.”