IDENTIFIED WORLD WAR ONE SHAVING KIT - 28TH DIVISION

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Tri-fold OD green cloth shaving kit that meas. approx. 5.50 inches wide x 9.00 inches when snapped shut and 15.00 x 9.00 when open. The kit is held closed by an operating snap.

Once open the first pocket has a snapped flap that when open reveals three segmented pockets. The first holds the remains of some thread wax while the middle pocket contains three bone underwear buttons and an ink pen nib. The end pocket contains a small round pocket mirror with a cloth cover of stars and stripes on one side and a half broken mirror on the other.

Next are two flaps at top and bottom with a cloth loop at center that holds a comb.

This is followed by a snap pocket that holds the bottom half of a cardboard container that has two English made straight razors. One with a bone handle and the other of tortoiseshell or black plastic material.

Lastly there is a large pocket with a snap flap. This pocket contains a bright metal shaving mirror in its own case. Also in this pocket is an envelope for a soldier’s pay book with the soldier’s name and regiment written on the outside. There is no pay book in the envelope but it does contain a transfer ticket for The Harrisburg Railway Company and an advertisement card for a Salvation Army Service Man’s Hostel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sewn to the inside of the pocket is a label that reads “KENLIT” and “WATERPROOF.” Also attached to the outside of this pocket is a dirty cloth label listing the soldier’s name, address, regiment and company. Though filled out the information is hard to read.

The name of the soldier of the pay book envelope matches the name on the dirty cloth label. The soldier’s name is Frank F. Stover, serial number 1260318 who served with the 103rd Supply Train, 28th Division.

The 28th Infantry Division during World War One was made up of units taken from the Pennsylvania National Guard. The division was accepted into Federal service on August 5, 1917. They arrived in France in the late spring of 1918 and became part of the American Expeditionary Force. They saw action at Champagne-Marne, Aisne-Marne, Oise-Aisne, Ypres-Lys and Muse-Argonne. During the war the division suffered 14,139 casualties.

Frank Floyd Stover was born July 18, 1892 in Pennsylvania. In June of 1917 he joined the 1st Truck Company of the 103rd Supply Train of the 28th Division and served as a truck driver bringing supplies to the front. This may sound like a safe job off the front lines but in World War One artillery was king and the bombardment of avenues of approach to the front were daily, if not hourly, occurrences.

Stover sailed to France on board the S.S. KHIVA and arrived there on May 27, 1918. He took part in all the campaigns of his division and returned home onboard the USS Liberator in May of 1919 having been promoted to the rank of Corporal.

He died in Mt. Holly Springs, Pennsylvania in 1972 and is buried in the Mt. Holly Springs Cemetery.  [ad]

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