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Royal Army Medical Corps -  Capture of Jerusalem, 1917
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Royal Army Medical Corps - Capture of Jerusalem, 1917

Measurements: Overall: 23cm (9in) x 18.5cm (7.5in)



Souvenir of the Battle of Jerusalem in the form of a pressed flower given to a soldier of General Allenby’s army upon the entry into the holy city in December 1917, together with a manuscript explanation dated 16 December 1917 - ‘Extract from letter Dec 16th 1917. “We are in Jerusalem now. When we marched into Jerusalem, the other day, little children were handing us flowers, so I am sending you the one they gave me. I hope you will get it. You will be able to say ‘It came all the way from Jerusalem’. Pte Wesley Moore 1/2nd Welsh RAMC.” Framed and glazed under conservation glass.

The capture and defence of Jerusalem was the culmination of a series of battles won by the British Empire troops in 1917, that helped secure Baghdad and the Basra oilfields, encouraged the Arab Revolt, and inflicted irreplaceable losses on the Ottoman Army. The New York Herald was unable to resist the headline ‘Jerusalem is rescued by British after 673 years of Moslem rule’. General Edmund Allenby, however, showed restraint in entering the Old City on foot on 11 December. He was indeed the first Christian in many centuries to control Jerusalem.

Private Moore landed in Egypt on 19 August 1915 and served in the Palestine Campaign of 1917 with the 231st Field Ambulance which provided frontline medical services to the 231st Brigade of dismounted Welsh yeomanry in the 74th (Yeomanry) Division. Moore’s unit was transferred to the Western Front in May 1918.