camisole, RMS Lusitania relic

Catalogue number
  • UNI 11978
Department
Exhibits
Display status
IWM London
Materials
  • whole: cotton
  • whole: lace
Dimensions
  • whole: Centre Back 290 mm, Centre Front 340 mm, Left Front 260 mm, Right Front 260 mm
Alternative names
  • full name: camisole, RMS Lusitania relic
  • simple name: underwear, British
Category
uniforms and insignia

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Physical description

camisole fine white cotton and lace camisole with self-covered buttons and draw-string waist. The camisole is heavily stained and part of the lace is has loose stitching. The letter 'G' is embroidered on a tape attached to the garment.

History note

Camisole worn by Mrs Margaret Gwyer, a survivor of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, which was torpedoed by the U20 on 7 May 1915. Mrs Gwyer fell into the water from a lifeboat and was sucked into one of the sinking ship's funnels. However, the explosion of one of the ship's boilers blew her back to the surface, where she was picked up and later reunited with her husband. She kept the oil-stained camisole as a reminder of her ordeal.

Embroidered on a tape

G

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