The Wildgoose Chase

I met Chelsea Pensioner Walter Wildgoose in 1977 when he was 87 and I was 26. Through a series of letters written over the last year of his life, he passed along his life story - the workhouse children's home, a life in the British Army witnessing the opening battles of World War I and life in India, a remarkable family surviving the bombs of World War II London. This blog will document my research and progress on the novel I'm writing about this amazing man.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Alfred Anderson

Alfred Anderson, sited a couple of weeks ago here, has died at age 109. He was the last man alive to remember the famous Christmas Truce of 1914. You can read more of his remembrances here and here.

Walter mentions Christmas 1914 only in passing:

And at Christmas 1914, we were in a village called Kemmel, where we were found accommodation in the farmhouses and outhouses of the villagers. It was on this day that Queen Mary’s gift boxes were issued to us containing pipe and tobacco. I didn’t smoke, so I kept mine in my kit.

Then he moves on to 2nd Ypres and the gas masks.

Anyway - salute to you, Alfred Anderson. Rest in peace.
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