Post Office Relief Fund

Royal Mail set up a relief fund on 10 August 1914 to help needy dependants of staff who had gone to fight. It also funded a hospital, at 20 Kensington Palace Gardens in London, and a convalescent home in Littlestone-on-Sea.

Staff voluntary contributions amounted to about £90,000 a year in 1916. By March 1916 this had been used to help 1,120 widows and 1,400 orphans. By the end of March 1919, the overall total stood at £405,967.