Bedspread made for Red Cross during WWI; Elliott, Lillian (Lily) nee Cuthbertson...


Bedspread made for Red Cross during WWI

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One white counterpane Bedspread made for the Red Cross during World War One, in 1917.

The counterpane was worked by Lily Cuthbertson, (now Elliot), at her last year at Glenavy Primary School, in 1917. Mrs Elliot recounted "I embroidered the squares and my mother made up the quilt. We gave it to the Red Cross, and it was sent to England, and we presume, used in a military hospital. After the war a letter came to the 'Mayor' of Glenavy asking if I was still living there, if so there was a small momento of the late war and if I wrote back it would be sent to me. I did so and and my quilt arrived back."

The bedspread is made of up of white cotton squares which have been embroideried on, and then backed with a length of white linen which also forms the edge. Tthe main centre panel has the Union Jack flag and a Red Ensign with a bulldog sitting underneath with a lfebelt and an anchor, and the year 1917. The other 24 panels include embroideries of flowers, teddy bears, cats,a pig and a cattle beast, the warship - HMS NZ, birds, anchors with name Admiral Beatty, Mrs Elliot's name - Lily Cuthbertson, Glenavy, S. Canterbury, NZ, one panel has the words 'For Freedom and Liberty, has the flags of France, Great Britain and Belgium.


Elliott, Lillian (Lily) nee Cuthbertson

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Glenavy, Waimate

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Mrs Lily Elliott

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