During The Great War,
…Prowse Point was one of the sites where,
in 1914, a Christmas truce
came into effect for a few hours.
Soldiers in both trenches began singing Christmas Carols.
After that connection was made these same soldiers
decided to have a game of football/soccer.
I suppose we could have borrowed a ball
and had a few kicks in memory of that event.
However, I don’t think it would have felt right.
Jo’s Monday Walk
brought us to another…
memorial of the Great War.
Christmas Truce of 1914.
where a significant event of World War I took place.
Union of European Football Associations…
the Small Peace…
The thing which fascinated me was the fact that
it appears travellers have left soccer balls/footballs…
as their memorial to this particular event…
and they remain….untouched.
With the advent of the memorial….
some of the trenches…
were also re-constructed.
The memorial, itself, represents the back end
of a canon shell upon which is mounted a football.
As mentioned earlier, these footballs, I think,
have been left by tourists/travellers, in memory
of the event or loved ones.
While I did not touch a ball,
they appeared not to be fixed and part of the memorial.
Instead like many other memorials they appeared
to be simply left for all to see.
At Christmas 1914, with both sides singing hymns and carols,
it was indeed a miracle that so much carnage was halted,
even for a short time…
to exchange Christmas greetings, gifts and
for an impromptu game of soccer.
My sons say I should call it Football.
all along the Western Front it has been
written into folklore in my lifetime.
We visited the site of this miracle
near Prowse Point Military Cemetery,
and a safe and prosperous