WW1 cigarette case

Contributed by Christine Peel

This simple curved silver cigarette case was the property of 19 year-old 2nd lieutenant Leonard George Maddox of the 22nd regiment of the 42nd London Division. He was a double MC and died in action on 30th August 1918. My father was a private under him and took his effects back to his parents at the end of the war. They had the cigarette case engraved and gave it to him. It is one of the few objects that my father treasured until his death. His grave is in the war cemetery at Combles in Picardy and bears the inscription: All honour to thee our brave and gallant boy. For me this sums up the pity and the pain of the First World War.

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  • 1. At 14:54 on 1 July 2010, Christine Peel wrote:

    I regret the spelling error: lieutentant should of course read lieutenant. Christine Peel

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  • 2. At 14:58 on 1 July 2010, Christine Peel wrote:

    Please correct 'double VC' to 'double MC'. I was obviously having a bad morning. Christine Peel

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