Thursday, 22 December 2011
Uncle Harry's Wartime Christmas Meal - France, 1939: Military Monday
This signed menu of December 25th 1939, written in French and typed on flimsy paper, was found amongst the papers of my Uncle Harry. He was in France with the British Expeditionary Force, 9/17th Field Battery. In the Sergeant's Mess, breakfast was cold ham with piccalilli, eggs, coffee and roll and butter; for dinner - turkey with chestnuts, pork with apple sauce, potatoes, and cauliflower followed by Christmas pudding, apples, oranges, and nuts, with cognac, rum and beer.
Five months later Harry was one of the many men evacuated from Dunkirk, saved by the flotilla of small ships. Sadly many of the men who were at this meal may not have survived.