What was personal hygiene like in the trenches?
Both officers and soldiers suffered greatly from the pests of fleas and lice while serving in the trenches. To try and get rid of these pests they went to delousing stations. One such station is depicted in this postcard. Here the soldiers are shown bathing in large tubs while their clothes were being disinfected. This helped to kill off the fleas and lice. Unfortunately the lice eggs remained hidden in the folds of their uniforms and so the lice soon reappeared.
This postcard was designed for the officers and soldiers of the 4th Division to send home to their family and friends at Christmas 1914. The 4th Division consisted of the 10th, 11th and 12th Brigades and was sent to France on 22 August 1914. The division later went on to fight at the Somme Offensive and at Passchendaele.