24th May 1919 Saturday

Relief Coming but No Relief Yet

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“Saturday, May 24th, was a day of excitement. Flags were flying everywhere, and all the shipping was decorated with bunting. A triumphal arch was erected by the Russians in Archangel, and all this was done to celebrate the arrival of the Relief Force which did not come. Some people said that the transports were stuck in the ice in the White Sea. Certainly we were all very eager to see and greet the much talked of relief force, which Mr Churchill promised to send out in order that we poor unfortunates who had spent a dreary winter in the frozen north should proceed home forthwith. Some of us did not proceed home forthwith, as you shall soon find out.”

Parade of troops under the Arch of Welcome

Parade of troops under the Arch of Welcome

The Arch of Welcome. Built by the local Russians to welcome the relief troops being sent out from Britain.

The Arch of Welcome. Built by the local Russians to welcome the relief troops being sent out from Britain.

Lt. Haldane, dentist in centre. Capt. Watson left and Lt. Herman right (just in picture)

Lt. Haldane, dentist in centre. Capt. Watson left and Lt. Herman right (just in picture)

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