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Predicate Object 30 Sep 2002 2002-09-30T00:00:00.000Z 2002-09-30T00:00:00.000Z 2002.82.1 Gift of the family of the late Jessie Pearson (née Osborne), niece of the late Leonard James Shaw 2002-09-30T00:00:00.000Z 1 2017-09-20T05:24:56.461Z 65 casualties/wars poppies/wars pressed poppy sent by 2nd Lieutenant Leonard James Shaw (7/1323 2nd Auckland Battalion), France, 3/7/1916, to his niece Jessie Osborne, Opuatia (near Mercer). Enclosed with letter written from the front-line trenches. (letter accessioned separately 2002.82.2] "3/7/16 My Dear Jessie, Just a few lines with these little flowers that I am sending you. They have been picked by me right at the front trenches. I thought you might like some little thing, and pieces of shells are too big to post, and any rate I think flowers much nicer. Thanks for your last nice letter. I got it a few days ago. How is Jack keeping? Did you have a good time when he was home in April? He will be getting quite a city dandy now. Give Luna [?] & Gwen a kiss each for me. Much love from Uncle Len." GENERAL NOTES: While serving overseas during WW1 Len Shaw (2nd Lieutenant Leonard James Shaw, 7/1323, 2nd Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment) of Opuatia near Mercer, corresponded with his niece Jessie Osborne (then aged 12-14 years). Among the letters she received is a letter enclosing a pressed poppy he had picked in the front-line trenches. Len Shaw was killed in action France on 29.9.1918. His brother Leslie Shaw wrote home describing the circumstances of his brother's death. pressed poppy in folded paper (botanical specimen), sent by 7/1323 2nd Lieutenant Leonard James Shaw, (2nd Auckland Battalion), France, 3/7/1916, to his niece Jessie Osborne, Opuatia (near Mercer). poppy, pressed
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