His­tory So­ci­ety en­joys talk on ‘The 1914 Christ­mas Truce’

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE -

DR John Sut­ton was the speaker in­vited on May 8 in or­der to en­ter­tain the Shep­shed His­tory So­ci­ety, the sub­ject be­ing ‘The 1914 Christ­mas Truce.’

Dr Sut­ton first be­gan his talk by ex­plain­ing that many bat­tles over time called a truce and so­cialised with one and an­other. In fact a lot of sol­diers both al­lies and en­e­mies were com­rades in arms. It was the bu­reau­crats that made them hated en­e­mies.

And so in 1914 sev­eral days be­fore Christ­mas the sol­diers so­cialised, sang car­ols and even when the fight­ing re­sumed they helped one an­other to bury their dead.

There is how­ever no record that they ac­tu­ally played foot­ball as folk lore would have you be­lieve. Nu­mer­ous slides were shown and it was an in­trigu­ing in­sight learn­ing about our tragic past, a talk that was most thought pro­vok­ing in the hope that it will never again be re­peated.

The June meet­ing will see Mark Tem­ple com­ing on June 12 to speak about The Lost Wind­mills of Leics. New visi­tors are al­ways wel­come at the Glen­more Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 7.30pm to 9pm.

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