Issued to my maternal grandfather, James Hoyle Allen director of a family cotton milling business in Bury, Lancs, who served in the Dover Patrol in WW1, this box was for personal posessions, alongside a kitbag for clothing and bedding. With the fittings in the lid and pen tray it seems letters were expected to be an important use for it. It is a relic of the days of slung hammocks, then only used in small boats, with the cabins and bunks of today's sailors. Although sunk by enemy action 3 times he survived the Germans but was killed by Woodbine Willy, having taken up smoking whilst on military service. He lost two sons in WW2 and died just before my parents marriage in 1957.