The grave of a soldier's child

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Postcard of The grave of a soldier's child.
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The grave of a soldier's child

Photograph showing the gravestone, probably in southern England, of a soldier's infant son, 1895. The inscription reads 'In Loving Memory of Charles Matthew, the dearly loved child of Sergt. Charles and Julia Dickens, Royal Scots Greys, who died August 7th 1895, aged 3 months. Jesus called our little child unto Him.'

Although life in the army abroad was perilous for the soldier, death was no stranger at home where deaths during childbirth and infancy were common.

Gravestones can be useful sources for historical and genealogical information.

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Online ID: 000-000-100-297-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0207: The Thistle at War
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  M.1963.303
Date: 1895
Material: Paper
Dimensions: 123 mm H x 92 mm W
What: Photograph
Subject: Photographs
Who: Royal Scots Greys (British land forces)
Sergeant Charles and Mrs Julia Dickens
Description: Royal Scots Greys - Photograph of the gravestone of Sergeant Dickens's son, 1895.
  • McCorry, Helen (ed.) The thistle at war: an anthology of the Scottish experience of war, in the services and at home. Edinburgh, NMS, 1997 
  • Wood, Stephen The Scottish soldier. Manchester: Archive Publications in association with the National Museums of Scotland, 1987 
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