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Promo: Christmas card from trenches to Larne with love

David Fullerton with the Christmas card his father sent from the trenches in France. INCT 33-117-GR

David Fullerton with the Christmas card his father sent from the trenches in France. INCT 33-117-GR

A Larne man has shared a fascinating insight to the thoughts of the men in the trenches as World War One raged.

David Fullerton’s father Samuel served with the Royal Irish Rifles in the Great War and the recent focus on the centenary of the outbreak of that conflict turned his thoughts to a treasured family possession, a Christmas card from the front.

The delicate memento dating from 1915 has flags and the letters RIR embroidered on linen on the front.

David, who now lives in neighbouring Carrick, explained: “There’s a little card inside, it says ‘souvenir des glorieuses memoires’, which is obviously French. So, the card must be French.”

On the rear of the card is a handwritten festive greeting from a son, serving in France, to a father wishing him “a merry Christmas 1915 and a bright and happy New Year”.

 
 
 

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