Continuing the theme of friendship in war, here is a Christmas memento from William's son Harry (my uncle) in World War Two - a menu from his Christmas meal in France in 1939.
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 (left) 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 Christmas meal may not have survived.
He arrived back home from Dunkirk still in the uniform in which he entered the sea to be rescued. He never talked about his wartime experiences, but seeing commemoration services or documentaries on TV could bring tears to his eyes, so the memories remained very strong. He later served in North Africa and lived to the age of 89.