Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

29/12/2012

‘A football was kicked out of our trenches and we played the Germans’: Poignant letter recounting famous 1914 Christmas Day truce rediscovered nearly 100 years on

A previously-unseen letter which describes the legendary football match of the Christmas Day truce during the First World War has been discovered.

The letter was sent by staff sergeant Clement Barker four days after Christmas 1914, when the British and German troops famously emerged from their trenches in peace.

Sgt Barker, from Ipswich, Suffolk, describes how the truce began after a German messenger walked across no man’s land on Christmas Eve to broker the temporary ceasefire. for more click here

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