After the Armistice

December 1, 1918

Excerpts from the diary of Green Howards soldier, Stanley Harrison, spanning Armistice day 1918 to the first peacetime Christmas for four years.

Dec. 1st Sunday. Working party. Loading timber on light railway. Riding on wagons on return journey. Real sport. Kept quite warm except at intervals feet. Boots no bon. RE’s supply tea, bully & biscuits. I hate a change to biscuits & bully. Moving any time into billets in Red X hospital in Murmansk for a week, then to ___90 miles distant. Recreation hut Company canteen. Profits 5% to be devoted to Christmas Dinner. Took stuff purchased by the Off. I/C canteen today. Various regulations and advice. Food not to be given to Russians etc. Admiralty rations came today. Food to be biscuits & bully —- in future. Contrary to statements in papers. “Heat-producing food” etc. May be better later on. Bread twice weekly. “Fur coat” trade. Visited Americans ____Free coffee. Fine place.

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