Lance Corporal Felix Macanamara, High Street, Dalkeith, was a witness to the unofficial truce at Christmas 1914.
The British trenches were only 250 yards distance from the enemy. Shouts of “Merry Christmas!” could be heard coming from the German lines. Some of them went out and met a party of the Germans and shook hands. Christmas was very quiet. As a treat the men got plenty of currant loaf and shortbread. The weather was very cold but they had enough clothes. In 1918 he died from wounds received on the field of battle. By that time he was a sergeant. He fell defending his position against the attacking enemy. For bravery on an earlier occasion he had been awarded with the Military Medal. At home he had been known as a keen sportsman and had played for Dalkeith United. Prior to the war he had served with Dalkeith Post Office for 16 years.
Another former post office worker was William Balgarnie of Fairfield Place. He had joined the Royal Field Artillery. He fell in action in 1918.
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