Frank Sumpter in France - 25 December, 1914

from Forgotten Voices of the Great War, pages 55-56:

After the 19th December attack, we were back in the same trenches when Christmas Day came along. It was a terrible winter, everything was covered in snow, everything was white. The devastated landscape looked terrible in its true colours — clay and mud and broken brick - but when it was covered in snow, it was beautiful. Then we heard the Germans singing ‘Silent night, Holy night’, and they put up a notice saying ‘Merry Christmas’, so we put one up too. While they were singing our boys said, ‘Let’s join in,’ so we joined in and when we started singing, they stopped. And when …   more >>
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Max Arthur (ed.), Forgotten Voices of the Great War (London, 2002), p. 55-56. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1401985775565 accessed: 21 November, 2017

location of experience: France

Listeners

Frank Sumpter
Soldier

Listening to

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Silent night
written by Franz Xaver Gruber

Experience Information

Date/Time 25 December, 1914
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:29:35 +0100