Boxing Day 1917 Wednesday

Back to the old chums for a pantomime.

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“Next day I spent with the 130th Field Ambulance at Estaires. The Padre (Crosthwaite) came with me, and we had a great time. We attended a pantomime – ‘The Babes in the Wood’ – given by the 13th Welsh Concert Party in the Concert Hall. It was a marvellous show, and Sutton the organiser, was great. Then we had another Xmas dinner:- oysters, soup, fish, turkey and vegs, plum pudding, savoury, fruit, sweets and champagne, and other wines, &c. It was a great night. Col. Davies sent the Padre and I back to our Unit by car soon after midnight!”

More entertainment and another feast as 1917 was drawing to a close.

Looking back here is a photo of a group of officers of the 13 RWF. Poignantly Douglas tell us most of the men were killed at the battle for Pilkem Ridge from 31st July to 2nd August 1917, preceding Passchendaele.  Douglas is 2nd left in the 3rd row standing and marked with an X.

Dr Page and the 13th Royal Welch Fusilliers

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