Christmas in the trenches: ‘Awful weather and I’ve got a cold’

Sainsbury�"s and The Royal British Legion partner to bring  First World War Christmas truce story to life http://youtu.beNWF2JBb1bvM ANL-141219-124316001
Sainsbury�"s and The Royal British Legion partner to bring First World War Christmas truce story to life http://youtu.beNWF2JBb1bvM ANL-141219-124316001

To mark the centenary of the First World War, the Lynn News is publishing letters written by soldiers from West Norfolk as they served in the trenches at Christmas in 1914.

All of the letters were published in the Lynn Advertiser during January and February 1915.

Mrs J. Hammond, of the “Live and Let Live” in Windsor Road, Lynn, received a letter from her brother, Pte W. Ashby, of the lst Battalion, Norfolk Regiment:

Dear sister, just a few lines to let you know I received your parcel and I sent a card as soon as I got it. I have not had the chance to write before as we have been in the trenches and the weather is awful.

The trenches were full of water and we had to lie in it for three days and I have got a nice cold, too. Can’t sleep at night, coughing all night long.

I was pleased with the parcel and the cake and the plum pudding were nice. It was quite a treat to get a bit of cake out here.

The talk is that we are going to get relief and have a rest for six weeks, and they say we shall get a furlough for seven days. I don’t know whether it’s right, but I hope it comes off. It’s time we had a rest. Our division has been in action ever since August.

On Christmas Day we were shaking hands with the Germans. I suppose you saw it in the papers.