Saturday, December 26, 1914

In Camp, Lark Hill, Salisbury Plains

The Battalion War Diarist wrote for this day: “Rain. Holiday.” [1]

26 Dec 14THIS DAY IN RMR HISTORY: “London, Dec. 25. – General Alderson commanding the Canadian troops at Salisbury, issued the following general order:  ‘In wishing all ranks of the Contingent all that is good and happy at this season of the year, the General Officer Commanding would also like to express his appreciation of the way in which the inevitable discomfort of being under canvas in England during the winter has been met. The spirit of all ranks in this respect has been most soldierlike.

The General Officer Commanding has much admired it, and wishes that time permitted of his seeing each man and thanking him for it and at the same time wishing him a Happy Christmas and a good New Year.”  [3]

[1]   War Diary, 14th Canadian Battalion, The Royal Montreal Regiment, Dec 26, 1914.  Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/e/e044/e001089681.jpg
[2]   “General Alderson’s Christmas Greeting,” The Montreal Daily Mail, Montreal, Quebec, Sat, December 26, 1914, pg. 1, col. 5
[3]   Ibid

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