WHAT/WHERE IN THE WORLD
1. The Ten Boer commemoration is of particular significance for the Military History Club after all the time and effort put forth by member Frank Moore. Frank has a deep interest in military history and has been responsible for bringing many interesting speakers to the area to promote remembrance and our military past and present. His biggest project, to date, was to bring alive the story of Alex McCracken and his crew on the ill-fated Halifax bomber "M for MOTHER". This project has led to a trip to Ten Boer, Holland to the site of the crash and a memorial to the fallen crew to honour the crew members of HR864lqm who are buried there.
Frank's painting of the event which he had commissioned
and then presented to the mayor of Ten Boer
for town to display.
The truce occurred during the relatively early period of the war. Hostilities had lulled as leadership on both sides reconsidered their strategies following the stalemate of the Race to the Sea and the indecisive result of the First Battle of Ypres. In the week leading up to the 25th, French, German, and British soldiers crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings and talk. In some areas, men from both sides ventured into no man's land on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to mingle and exchange food and souvenirs. There were joint burial ceremonies and prisoner swaps, while several meetings ended in carol-singing. Men played games of football with one another.