Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley
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WW1 diary details second Christmas Day truce in 1915

A diary from a World War One soldier has come to light providing details of a Christmas ceasefire in 1915 following a truce the year before.

The written account by Pte Robert Keating explains how both sides sang carols and refused to fire on each other despite the efforts of commanding officers, following on from the 1914 Christmas truce.

Lieutenant General Jonathon Riley, chairman of trustees at The Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum, said the ceasefire was led by the Germans and followed by an exchange of singing between Welsh and Scots and their enemy throughout Christmas night.

The diary has been donated to the Royal Welch Fusiliers' archives at Wrexham Museum where volunteers are now transcribing it.

  • 26 Dec 2015