25 December 1916

Extract from the diary of Pte James Arthur Railton, 8th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

[Pte Railton was from Wallasey and was called up in October 1916 and sent to Mesopotamia]

Christmas day (alongside quay). Service around 10am. Awful dinner. 3 rotten potatoes and a price of fat underdone meat and an orange. No sign of any Xmas pudding. Felt most miserable all day. Wrote home (16 men allowed ashore out of our crowd). Went for dinner.

 Extract from the official war diary of the 1st Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Support trenches

250 men employed in carrying T.M. ammunition.  2nd Lieut JAQUES proceeded on leave and 9 O.R’s.   It was decided to hold no Xmas dinner but to wait until January 2nd

Extract from the official war diary of the 2nd Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Christmas Day was very quiet, enemy acted quite decent, did not fire their guns for the whole of the day.


25 December 1915

Extract from the war diary of Joseph Norton, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

Xmas. I had a very good time of it and got a very good dinner ready for the officers.

Extract from the official war diary of 10th Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment


A fairly fine day. Work as usual. No attempt at fraternising was made by Enemy who on the contrary were rather more vicious than usual. More heavy firing during night.

Extract from the official war diary of 2nd Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment

8.30am Battalion working on Trenches till 11 am.

11am Divine Service.

1pm Commanding Officer visited men at dinners.  Geese, Turkey, Plum Pudding, Oranges and Nuts were provided Regimentally.