Postcard accompanying the box, written by the donor, reads "the wooden ditty box belonged to my father who serve din the Royal Navy (First World War). The tin hat box served as my ditty box in the Second World War. F Franklin" The contents are not original to the box but were added for the Life at Sea exhibition
Ditty box and contents (see below) Varnished and polished wooden ditty box. Shelf inside occupies half the available space. Hinged lid with slats for stowage of photographs, letters, etc. Contains a number of copies of official photographs shpwing HMS Belfast, along with a newspaper cutting depicting the Scharnhorst and a battered postcard copy of the Scharnhorst survivors document.
Engraved on brass plate on front face