This sweetheart cushion, once belonging to Lily Wilson (née Craven) of Wombleton, has a fascinating and very moving history. Sweetheart cushions were small decorative pillows or cushions that were often handmade during the First World War by soldiers serving on the front lines and sent to their loved ones back home. These cushions were typically crafted from various materials, including fabric and lace, and sometimes even small trinkets or objects. They symbolised love and affection, but also created a tangible connection between soldiers and their loved ones.
Our little cushion measures 8 inches by 8 inches and is made from a soft, gently-aged fabric. We don’t know who sent it to Lily, but the name Private Pratley is faintly pencilled on the accompanying box.
Lily kept the sweetheart cushion all her life. We know she used her talents for reading and writing during the war to help soldiers compose letters. This cushion is a beautiful reminder of the kindness and love still present during the most tumultuous of times.
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