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A Sad Loss


Last survivor of 'Christmas truce' tells of his sorrow

Mr Anderson was also the holder of France’s highest honour, the Legion d’Honneur.

Alfred Anderson was 18 at the time. Speaking to The Observer, Anderson has revealed remarkable new details of the day etched on history, including pictures of Christmas gifts sent to the troops.

'I remember the silence, the eerie sound of silence,' he said. 'Only the guards were on duty. We all went outside the farm buildings and just stood listening. And, of course, thinking of people back home. All I'd heard for two months in the trenches was the hissing, cracking and whining of bullets in flight, machinegun fire and distant German voices.
Very sad. There's not many left now - it makes it even more important that we remember them in the years to come, a whole generation's worth of British youth, who sacrificed so much in shocking conditions.

Mr Anderson seemed a complete star when interviewed for the TV programmes in the run up to the recent Armistice Day celebrations.

The nation has lost one of its best.
Sad tidings indeed. I had just recieved a reply from my MP urging her to take the matter of a fitting memorial to these men when this came through. Ive sent her the link. RIP Sir.

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