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In the trenches | ‘Eerie sound’ of the Great War’s Christmas truce

Posted By John Turnbull On 23 November 2005 @ 17:58 In Regions | No Comments

Alfred Anderson, 1896–2005. Link to Scotsman article. [1]Newtyle, Scotland | The famed football truce (see 26 Dec 2003 [2]) of 25 December 1914 has lost its last witness. Alfred Anderson, 109, believed to be the oldest man in Scotland, died in a nursing home Monday. His death severed “the last tangible link between the nation and the 690,235 Scots who served in the Great War [1],” the Scotsman eulogizes in Tuesday’s editions. Serving as a private in the Black Watch 5th Battalion, the Dundee-born joiner witnessed the impromptu, Christmas Day truce during which German and Allied soldiers exchanged cigarettes, sang carols and played football. “I remember the eerie sound of silence [3],” Anderson recalled in 2004. “All I’d heard for two months in the trenches was the hissing, cracking and whining of bullets in flight, machine-gun fire and distant German voices. But there was a dead silence that morning, right across the land as far as you could see.” Anderson in 1998 earned the Légion d’honneur [4], France’s highest military honor, to mark his service.

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[1] Image: http://news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=2279822005

[2] 26 Dec 2003: http://www.theglobalgame.com/gleanbks.html#truce

[3] I remember the eerie sound of silence: http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/article328556.ece

[4] Légion d’honneur: http://www.legiondhonneur.fr/flash/

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