Bury at War: Christmas 1914

Take a look at this excellent blog post from buryatwar about Christmas in 1914 both at home and at war.

Bury's Great War

With help from our newspaper archive, we discover fascinating insights into how Christmas was celebrated 100 years ago both for the people at home in Bury and for family members who were serving in France.  

British soldiers in the trenches. From the Woodcock Collection/CfCC British soldiers in the trenches. From the Woodcock Collection/CfCC

Christmas Eve in 1914
Stars were burning, burning bright
And all along the Western Front
Guns were lying still and quiet.
Men lay dozing in the trenches,
In the cold and in the dark,
And far away behind the lines
A village dog began to bark.

Mike Harding

By December 1914 both the Allies and their enemies had suffered tremendous casualties. With so many battalions savagely depleted, replacements were desperately needed and in the weeks running up to Christmas the local press advertised the need for more recruits.

Article from The Bury Times October 31st 1914. Click the image to read full size. Article from The Bury Times October 31st 1914.
Click the image to read full size.

Bury Recruitment Poster/Bury Art Museum Bury Recruitment Poster/Bury…

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