The account of life in the trenches at Christmas by Corporal Clifford Thompson is just one of the stories from the people of Bradford that can be found in my NEW book “Great War Britain: Bradford” due to be released on 6 Jan 2015 and available to pre-order.
“We hardly know it is Christmas here, but we made it as happy as we could amongst us. There was not so much firing going on, only a shot here and there at time just to let them know we were still at war. We had a football match between the Buffs and our own lot, and we beat them 2-1. That was the only sport we had. There were no spectators, everybody was playing, about 25 a side and with the ground being frozen we were all on top of one another. It was a good job it was misty or the Germans would have given us football."
(Bradford Weekly Telegraph, 1 January 1915)