Great War ‘Home Depot’ Sorting Office Remembered

Postal workers sort a mountain of soldiers’ mail at the Home Depot.
The exhibition included ‘interactive experiences’.

DURING THE First World War, soldiers and their families sent over two billion letters and 140 million parcels and it was recognised that mail from home, or letters back from the front, were a vital component in helping to maintain morale. In order to service this astonishing demand, however, it quickly became clear that the existing Royal Mail service would be simply overwhelmed by the demand.

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