Christmas in Khaki 1914-1918

Kate WILLS


Region:
Anywhere
Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Type:
professional
Fee:
Paid: £60 + expenses
Category:
History
Updated:
2nd January 2022
Tagged:
Ww1 | Christmas | Social History | Great War

Messages and images from each Christmas of the Great War in turn, from the soldiers and nurses away on active service. As the war progresses we hear of football matches, rescue, trench raids and truces, plus scenes from hospitals and the Holy Land, and exchange Christmas puddings and cards with the fighting forces.

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About Kate WILLS

Kate Wills spent her early career as a newspaper librarian, but over the years has also worked in theatre marketing and research, as a court usher, amanuensis, adult education tutor, bus conductress, casualty actress and since 2006 the tour guide for Northampton's stunning Victorian Gothic Guildhall and other historic buildings in the area. She has long been active in local history circles, and co-authored a number of books, including 'Life in the Boroughs' and 'Old Cures & Remedies'. Her main field of research however is the Great War 1914-18, and especially the little-explored area of entertainment on active service. 'Treading the Duckboards' relates how concert parties, already a long-established part of army life, took on a new significance on the battlefronts, and how the soldiers' home-made shows brought mirth and music to their comrades amidst the horrors of war.

Kate hopes to publish 'Treading the Duckboards' as a book. Whilst awaiting inspiration and energy, she chomps chocolate, cuddles cats and listens to The Archers.


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