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THE SOLDIERS


No complete list of soldiers who took part in the Christmas truce exists. There's not even a definitive list of which units took part. However, below is a list of soldiers known to have taken part according to our research or that of previous writers on the topic.

The Rev J E Adam, of Union Street, West United Free Church, Aberdeen who led the German/British service
Private H A Amy of the 2nd Devons
H A Arnold, Sgt. Of the No.1 Section, B Company, 1st Herts Regiment, with the BEF
Lance Corporal Walter Balls of B Company 1st Norfolk Regiment
Sergeant H A Barrs of the Cyclists Corps, a prominent Reading swimmer
Sergt Blundell, 1st Beds Regiment
Rifleman C H Brazier, Queens Westminsters of Bishops Stortford
Private B. Calder, of the 6th Gordons D Coy.
Private F Cooper, of the Leicestershire Regiment
Lance Corporal Cooper of the 2nd Northampton's
Lance-Corporal R S Coulson (?) of the London Rifle Brigade and formerly of Hertford - writing to his mother at Welwyn
Private H Dixon, of the Royal Warwickshire Regt
Private Dixon, 9100, D Company. Head Quarters Staff, 2nd Border Regiment British Expeditionary Force
Pte E. W. Fairs, London Rifle Brigade, in a letter to his parents who reside in Beaconsfield-road, Croydon
Rifleman C Ernest Furneaux, son of Mr Henry Furneaux, Swansea, with the British Rifle Brigade
Pte. Fred George of 1st Herts Regiment writing to his mother at 14 Turnford Villas, near Broxbourne
Corporal George Gogerty, of the Royal Field Artillery.
Private Alfred Harding, 1st Leicester
Corporal Leon Harris of the 13th battalion London Regiment (Kensington). Cpl Leon Harris (2072) enlisted on 7 August 1914with the 13th Battalion London Regiment. He worked at Selfridges (Selfridges Roll of Honour). He went to arrived in France on 4 November 1914 with the Battalion. He was wounded and returned to England on or abouts the 30 June 1915 (WO 329 1925). During his time in France he fought in the battles of Neuve Chappelle (10-13 March 1915) and Aubers Ridge (9 May 1915). He was discharged sick from the Army on 18 April 1916 (WO 329 3160). Other 1/13 London soldiers who took part in the Christmas Truce were: Private Edward Warrick Squire - Letters and correspondance held at the Imperial War Museum (IMW 369 Con Shelf) Major HEL Higgins - Letters with the Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service. There is also an anonymous account of an officer in the Kensingtons in the National Archives, WO 95 1730, War Diary of 1/13 London Regiment. This can be downloaded from the National Archives website. Our thanks to Tom Thorpe for this information.
Private Wilfred Haywood from Worksop
Lance-Corpl, Henderson, Royal Engineers
Pte P K Kingham of B Company, 1st Hertfordshire Regiment, a member of the reporting staff of the Herts Advertiser
Private J Lowe of D Compay, 1st Leicestershire Regiment with the 6th Division British Expeditionary Force
Private John MacGregor, who was acting as orderly to Captain J A L Campbell of Jura
Gunner Masterton of Penge
Rifleman E. E. Meadley of the Queen's Westminsters
Private F Morton, a former signalman at Broadfield Station, Heywood, in the 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers, with the British Expeditionary Force
Private J W Moulton of the 6th Cyclist Platoon, 8th Division, writing on the 28th to his parents (Mr and Mrs W. Moulton), Farndish-road, Irchester. Jon-Paul Carr, chairman of Irchester Parish Historical Society wrote to us to say: "He was the son of William Moulton who served in the Zulu War. John was one of three brothers and three sisters. One brother, called Frank was killed in the war in 1917. Another sister died quite young. Also another sister I believe she was called Clara married a Thomas Jones of Liverpool. This Thomas Jones served on the Titanic and survived the disaster. He saved the Countess of Rothes and was presented with an inscribed pocket watch which sold a few years ago for 40,000."
Frank Naden, of the 6th Cheshire territorials whose home is in Stockport
Rifleman "Billy" Ollis, No 2157, II Company of the Queen Westminster Rifle, 16th Batt, London Regiment, now serving with the Expeditionary Force, a well known member of the Croydon Cricket Club
Pte W. Pentelow, 1st Rifle Brigade, writing to his sister, Mrs E. Fairey, 122 Alexandra-road, Wellingborough
Private C Rands of B Company, 2nd Northants Regiment, writing to his mother at Croydon
Rifleman J. Reading,, of Germain Street, (Chesham)
Private M Rivett of C Company, Lincolnshire Regiment, lives at Orchard Street, Boston
Pte. Leslie Roberts, B Company 1st Herts Regiment, formerly of the St Albans School O T C
Pte R Rolph,B Company, 1st Herts Regiment
Private H Scrutton, Essex Regiment
Gunner Herbert Smart, an Aston Villa football player, now in France with the 5th Battery, Royal Field Artillery
Rifleman Percy J Treloar of the Queen's Westminster Rifles
Frank Wrentmore an ex-Penygraig and Mid-Rhondda Northern Union football player, serving with the Somerset Light Infantry with the Expeditionary Force
Lance-corporal George Yearsley, of the 2nd Monmouthshires; an Abercarn man

If you have any more information on any of these men, please do let us know. Send an email to info@christmastruce.co.uk.


 

 

THE ENTHUSIASTS
Details of who is taking part in the project and which papers they have researched. .

OTHER WORKS
Details of books, articles, films and websites about the Christmas Truce and its impact...