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Title
 
Cal's Matches
1942
Description
 
Items used by Cal Heywood, a Canadian soldier stationed at Lower Kingswood, Surrey, in the Second World War. Cal enlisted in 1941 and came to Britain with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals a year later. The matches were supplied by the Knights of St. Columbus, who had many mobile canteens for the troops. Canadian soldiers could receive up to 1,000 cigarettes a month from their folk back home, but Cal did not smoke. Relatives also sent them many things to fill in their free time: books, cards and games like 'Winkles Wedding'. Cal was more interested in girls and did not have time for many games. He spent many hours at Purley Ice Rink where he met his first wife, Doreen. At this time he was billeted with a family named Neil, who lived at 142 Godstone Road, Purley.
Object Name
 
matchbook
Date
 
1941-1945
Theme
 
National & International | Demography & People Movement
Location
 
Museum of Croydon | Area 4 | Kiosk 5
Type
 
Museum Objects
Repository
 
Croydon Museum and Heritage Service