The Princess Mary Fund provided an ornate brass box with gifts such as tobacco or writing paper, given to serving servicemen.
“Although our soldiers and sailors are not to have Christmas Puddings there is every prospect of those on active service receiving Christmas parcels, including gifts that should prove most useful.
“Apart from Princess Mary’s fund which now exceeds £110,000 some towns and villages are looking after their own ‘fighters’ in the great war now ragimg.
“Slinfold, Warnham and Broadbridge Heath are each doing something in this direction and so far as Horsham is concerned, the Misses Hunt, of Springfield Park are just now exceedingly busy. Their list comprised about 90 soldiers and 64 sailors and the parcels for those farthest away have already been despatched.”