Thought i'd show this tobacco pouch, it has an interesting story to go with it, i bought it from Germany some years ago, at a time when i was building up a collection of WW1 period German soldiers personal items/possesions, with the pouch being marked 'Die Stadt Kiel 25.6.1914', i thought it would be perfect for a breadbag contents display, so it was bought. The vendor told me the date signified the occasion of the first death in Germany of a Naval aviator, a Leutnant Schreoder, killed in a seaplane accident during a test flight, apparently an English seaplane. To mark his death some enterprise in the city of Kiel produced a variety of souvenir items. i have tried to research, but there is little to find, i did however find a couple of lines in the July 1914 edition of 'Flight' magazine which mentions 4 fatalities in Germany during June 1914, one of them a 'Lieut Schroeder, who drowned after his seaplane fell 40 mtrs'. The pouch still has the remains of 4 cigars still inside, rather dried and crumbly, so ill be leaving them where they are !.... the EKII is shown as a size comparison. However , two other events were celebrated in Kiel in June 1914, the opening of the Kiel canal locks and the 'Kiel Regatta', but both occured before the 25th, so upto know the story seems to be true, a macabre souvenir indeed !