24th December 1917 Monday

Relief for the 13th

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“We were relieved on the 24th December (Xmas Eve) by the 16th R.W.F. and sent back to Fleurbaix for 4 days. We were billeted in dug-outs in an orchard – an awful hole. The cold was intense and I couldn’t sleep at night.”

The 13th RWF had drawn the long straw in terms of Christmas away from the front line, despite their poor billet. It’s not difficult to imagine the feelings of the men heading for the trenches for Christmas in the freezing cold weather.


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