That last card looks to me like it's some sort of awards display - medals, leaf clusters, etc. Perhaps in memory of fallen comrades?
In any case, more great images form the past. I especially like the second card- look at the expression and bearing of that man.
"It is one of the happiest characteristics
of this glorious country that official utterances are invariably
regarded as unanswerable."
-Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty (HMS Pinafore)