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60742: Programme for Christmas celebrations, Royal Naval Divisional Artillery Headquarters, belonging to James Cross

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Royal Artillery Cap badge to top, flanked by Royal Naval anchors with Holly and Mistletoe: 'Royal Naval Divisional Artillery | Headquaters | Xmas, 1918 | at | Bellignies, France | A Merry Xmas'. Flanked by shields including list of battle honours.

* Humourous rules for the Grand Football Match, names of players, referee, linesmen, and stretcher bearers. * Menu - "an optimistic forecast" includes "Roast Goose" etc. * Concert programme * List of officers and men of the 63rd (Royal Naval) Divl. Artillery * Sketches [now faded] "Scenes in the life of Div. Arty.", including "Div Arty HQ in Action: it is regretted that no [sketch?] appears of the HQ staff as they are camouflaged 30ft below the [...] dugout [...]"

Part of a large collection relating to Jim Cross, Broadway, Worcestershire. Before the First World War he was a postman in Hereford, joining the army as a ˜sapper' (service number 62966) in the Royal Engineer (Signals) in January 1915. The collection includes artefacts from Serjeant James Cross' service as a despatch rider, and his memoirs “ dictated in his 90s in the 1980s-90s to his second wife, Jill. The memoirs are based on Jim's diaries from 1915, 1917 and 1918. Sjt. Cross served overseas in the 38th (Welsh) Division Signalling Company, and was later attached to Headquaters, Royal Artillery, 63rd (Royal Naval) Division.

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Unknown

Date

December 1918 | December 1918

Date Created

01/12/1918 | 01/08/1914

Temporal Coverage

31/12/1918 | 31/12/1915

Source

Folio

Medium

Paper

Type

Memorabilia

Pages

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Number of Pages

6

Contributor

Richard Marshall | Alun Edwards | Mrs Jill Cross

Rights

The Great War Archive, University of Oxford / Primary Contributor

Publisher

The Great War Archive, University of Oxford

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