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25th December 1915On this day:
- Christmas in the trenches for 13th Welsh "Garw Officer, 13th Battalion, Welsh Regiment - Christmas Eve, and we are in the trenches. We came in last night, and we will be here for some time. It is ferafully wet here. Last night I got simply soaked from head to foot. And the rats were mighty I am about 100 yards behind the front trenches, and the noise is fearful. Our battallion may be out on Monday, then four days in rest billets,about ----- miles behind, and then in again for 8 days,I think. I nearly got hit as we went out of the trenches on Wednesday night. I was with the Commanding Officer and another Colonel. Going out we had a dip and jump into a dugout,as there was a sniper on. We lost a Captain on our first day, killed by shrapnel. I hope you will have a happy Christmas. I wish I was with you, but this is my place, and I hope we shall be alright,"
- Pantomime performed
- Steady Bombardment 6th County of London Brigade RFA spend Christmas Day at Annequin.
Steady bombardment all day.
15th London Battery fired ten rounds per hour on A.28.d.8.6 to A.28.d.2.1 from 0800 to 1300. After that time three and two rounds per hour alternately on the same target.
16th London Battery fired the same on G.4.b.
17th London Battery fired the same on Cross Trench.
19th London Battery fired the same on G.4.b.7.7 to G.5.d.1.3.
- 25th Dec 1915 A Cheery Christmas
- 9th Lancers celebrate Christmas at the front. 9th Lancers in billets, HQ Enquin.
Church of England parade service at 0900 hours at Preures.
Commanding Officer visited men of all Squadrons & Machine gun Section at their Christmas dinners.
- 25th Dec 1915 To Bury the Dead
- SS Van Stirum torpedoed At 1.35 p.m. on Christmas Day, 1915, the SS Van Stirum was fired on by two submarines and overhauled about an hour afterwards. At 2.32 p.m. the vessel was stopped, most of the crew embarking in two life-boats.
The master, chief officer, chief engineer, and Marconi operator then got into a boat on the port side, leaving the boatswain and a seaman to lower away and follow them into the boat.
One of the submarines was on the port quarter 200 yards away, and as these two men were coming down the falls, a torpedo was fired, which passed under the boat and struck the ship's side. The explosion killed both men in the falls. The position was 20 miles from land, and the survivors were picked up an hour later by a trawler.
Many attempts were made to tow the ship to land, but due to bad weather each time the rope broke. After a nearly endless struggle with the seas, she capsized and foundered on December 26th. The 4 men on board helping with the ropes, were narrowly saved from drowning with the ship.
- 25th Dec 1915 Christmas
- 25th Dec 1915 Handshakes, Gifts and Songs
- 25th Dec 1915 Relief Completed
- 25th Dec 1915 Vacant Place at many Tables
- 25th Dec 1915 Football Competition
- 25th Dec 1915 Busy Christmas Day
- 25th Dec 1915 In Hutments
- 25th Dec 1915 Right Royal Style
- 25th Dec 1915 Artillery Active
- 25th Dec 1915 Greetings Exchanged
- 25th Dec 1915 Celebrations
- 25th Dec 1915 Church Parade
- 25th Dec 1915 Beer and Pudding
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