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Church of England Junior School

1914 Christmas Truce

The Christmas truce was a series of unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front around Christmas 1914. German and British soldiers crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings. In some areas, men from both sides ventured into no mans land on Christmas eve and Christmas day to talk and exchange food and souvenirs. There were joint burial ceremonies and prisoner swaps, while several meetings ended in carol-singing. Men played games of football, giving one of the most enduring images of the truce.

 

In December the whole school learnt about the events of Christmas 1914. Children were involved in football matches, some wrote letters from the trenches, the school drama club performed a play about the truce and every child wrote a message on a cross, some of which were displayed around school to mark this significant event.

 

Letters from the trenches - Jacob Robinson

Letters from the trenches - Evie Leach

Letters from the trenches - Harriet Duncombe