Christmas 1916

Christmas 1916

Postby Steve » Mon May 04, 2009 3:58 pm

[img]http://forum.kerchi.co.uk/community/MGalleryItem.php?id=1380[/img]Top row L to R - Pte H Stoddart,  Pte H Morgan,  Pte L Boustead,  Pte F Robinson,  Lcpl E RiggFront row -  Pte B Vickers,  Pte "Kitty Boustead",  Sec Lt  R R Hayes,  Sgt G Blamire  - Pte`s D T Rigg and Walker were unavoidably absent.Above is a picture of keswick lads who are on the Somme front, all in the 7th battalion Border Regiment of Lieut R. R. Hayes, son of Mr T. R.  Hayes, chairman of keswick Urban Council.
On the 20th of December Lieut Hayes hunted up his Keswick comrades before going into the trenches and entertained them to a " Keswick night " of their own. The supper which consisted of steak and chips, cauliflower with sauce,  sardines on toast,  custard and fruit, cigarettes, etc - not bad even for a Christmas party at home - was thoroughly enjoyed.  One of the lads Pte Bousfield son of the Keswick council foreman ,  was so pleased he broke forth into song in praise of the event.Lieut Hayes in a letter home, speaks very highly of these sons of keswick, and especially their work in the trenches.
Sgt Blamire he says is extra good and the company commander places great confidence in him.
Lance Corpl Rigg is great on the Lewis gun, and carries the heavy gun up the trenches with never a complaint about its weight, and he will readily take a extra turn of duty on the gun if there is a likelihood of catching the Boche on the hop.Pte Stoddart is the champion shot in the Btn and is specially selected for work in the sniper`s section.  He won the brigade shooting competition not long ago.
Pte L Boustead helps L-Cpl Rigg work the Lewis gun and carries most of the ammunition.
His brother " Kitty " is one of the pluckiest fellows I`ve ever met, and however fagged out he may be he will cheer up the fellows round him with a joke, and he is a real son of his father in the poetry line.Pte Robinson s a good signaller and a fine chap.  Pte Vickers is a great lad and although smallest of the lot is not lacking in pluck. He is a good cross country runner,  and will carry his heavy pack and never give in or fall out on the march.
Pte Morgan is not with the Btn as he has been specially selected for work on the trench mortar gun.
Pte D T Rigg is a fine lad , and keeps any party alive with jokes and fun.
Pte Walker is a good chap and is on special work making roadways near the trenches.
* The two Bousteads were brothers and were both KIA 23rd April 1917
a further brother was KIA 14th June 1918 with the 10th Btn
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Re: Christmas 1916

Postby Steve » Mon May 04, 2009 6:00 pm

Sorry my mistake, third brother William Wallace Boustead died ( not KIA ) serving with 10th Btn 14th June 1918 and buried Keswick.Steve
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Re: Christmas 1916

Postby kerchi » Mon May 04, 2009 7:40 pm

Steve,A thoroughly enjoyable read. It's nice to read about comrades speaking highly of each other. Where did you find this? Anyone in the photo related to you at all?Chris
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Re: Christmas 1916

Postby Steve » Mon May 04, 2009 9:38 pm

Chris, It was in the local paper in early 1917, I have done a lot of research on my home town of Keswick which is on my website at  -[url=http://keswick.ww1.googlepages.com/keswickatwar]http://keswick.ww1.googlepages.com/keswickatwar[/url]Steve
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Re: Christmas 1916

Postby kerchi » Mon May 04, 2009 10:05 pm

Steve,An interesting story on an interesting website. Just had a look and I am impressed  :)Very nice look and feel with loads of history. I have included a link to it in the 'websites' board.If you find any other articles please feel free to asdd them to the newspaper articles board.

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Re: Christmas 1916

Postby Steve » Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:20 pm

[quote="Steve"]
ImageTop row L to R - Pte H Stoddart,  Pte H Morgan,  Pte L Boustead,  Pte F Robinson,  Lcpl E RiggFront row -  Pte B Vickers,  Pte "Kitty Boustead",  Sec Lt  R R Hayes,  Sgt G Blamire  - Pte`s D T Rigg and Walker were unavoidably absent.

Above is a picture of keswick lads who are on the Somme front, all in the 7th battalion Border Regiment of Lieut R. R. Hayes, son of Mr T. R.  Hayes, chairman of keswick Urban Council.
On the 20th of December Lieut Hayes hunted up his Keswick comrades before going into the trenches and entertained them to a " Keswick night " of their own. The supper which consisted of steak and chips, cauliflower with sauce,  sardines on toast,  custard and fruit, cigarettes, etc - not bad even for a Christmas party at home - was thoroughly enjoyed.  One of the lads Pte Bousfield son of the Keswick council foreman ,  was so pleased he broke forth into song in praise of the event.Lieut Hayes in a letter home, speaks very highly of these sons of keswick, and especially their work in the trenches.
Sgt Blamire he says is extra good and the company commander places great confidence in him.
Lance Corpl Rigg is great on the Lewis gun, and carries the heavy gun up the trenches with never a complaint about its weight, and he will readily take a extra turn of duty on the gun if there is a likelihood of catching the Boche on the hop.Pte Stoddart is the champion shot in the Btn and is specially selected for work in the sniper`s section.  He won the brigade shooting competition not long ago.
Pte L Boustead helps L-Cpl Rigg work the Lewis gun and carries most of the ammunition.
His brother " Kitty " is one of the pluckiest fellows I`ve ever met, and however fagged out he may be he will cheer up the fellows round him with a joke, and he is a real son of his father in the poetry line.Pte Robinson s a good signaller and a fine chap.  Pte Vickers is a great lad and although smallest of the lot is not lacking in pluck. He is a good cross country runner,  and will carry his heavy pack and never give in or fall out on the march.
Pte Morgan is not with the Btn as he has been specially selected for work on the trench mortar gun.
Pte D T Rigg is a fine lad , and keeps any party alive with jokes and fun.
Pte Walker is a good chap and is on special work making roadways near the trenches.
* The two Bousteads were brothers and were both KIA 23rd April 1917
a further brother was KIA 14th June 1918 with the 10th Btn
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