Christmas in the trenches: ‘We had pheasant and rabbit for our Christmas dinner’

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.

Mr F. Arnold of Station Road, Snettisham, has received the following letter from his brother, Rifleman A Arnold, who is serving at the front:

Dear Frank and Edie, I am quite well and hope you are all the same. I expect you got my card to say I had received the parcel. It came perfectly safe; everything was grand and I must thank you very much.

We had a fairly good Christmas under the circumstances.

The Germans arranged with us not to fire on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and they kept to their word with our regiment.

We met them between the trenches and had chats with the. They appear to be very nice chaps and a lot speak English.

They are fed up.

Up to today I don’t think a shot has been fired between the trenches of our regiment.

What do you think two of us had for Christmas dinner? A pheasant and rabbit, vegetables, plum pudding, mince pies etc. How’s that? You wonder where we got them from?

We happen to be in a very large wood where there are plenty. You don’t want to know any more.

There is a lot of talk of some of us having a few days’ leave. I hope it will soon come off. We shall be pleased to come home if only for a few days. We hear there are a lot who have already been home.