26.12.1914: Bernard and the Christmas Party | Bernard und die Weihnachtsfeier | Bernard et la fête de noël

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Correspondence Militaire
4th Div.Amm.Col.   26th Dec. -‘14

Have just celebrated a most excellent ‘Xmas, and I trust you have done
likewise.  We moved our quarters on the morning of ‘Xmas Eve, which somewhat
dislocated my arrangements, back to a small village we stayed in some time
ago.  However I was received with true French hospitality by my old friends
and was able to hold my “dinner party” with no small measure of success.
Taylor, Holmes, North, Newsome, two amusing car drivers, a droll little man
from Yorkshire, and myself made up the party.  About six French people, mostly
quite entertaining girls assisted to make things merry.  I was lucky enough to find
a secluded little “estaminet” where they sold bubbly at 8f per bottle, so each
sported a bottle!  The evening commenced with smokes of the tip topmost, & {unreadable} of various subtle concoctions, it continued with an unlimited supper of soupes {sic}, ducks
(turkeys couldn’t be raised) beef, puddings á le feu, cake (from Yeovil), crackers, chocolate,

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06.12.1914: Bernard and the King | Bernard und der König | Bernard et le roi

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4th Div. Amm. Col    6th Dec ‘14.

Dear Father.

Many thanks for your letter of 25th.  I am indeed
glad to hear that you have got “hold of” Eddy at last, &
hope he will make a speedy recovery.  The plate business
sounds alarming, though I suppose it is the only way out
of the trouble.  Will he have to have another operation later
on to remove the plate?  About young Ashly I will
do my best, though there is not much likelihood of my
finding him with so few particulars.  There are roughly
twenty cyclists attached to each army Hqs., and each
Division, so that roughly there are 260 despatch riding at
present.  If you could obtain his postal address I could push
inquiries with more certainty of result.  As it is however I will
do what I can.

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