Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Alfred Anderson - Last Survivor Of World War I "Christmas Truce" Passes Away

Alfred Anderson, the last known participant of the famous "Christmas Truce" of the First World War, passed away quietly in his sleep on November 21st, 2005. The unoffical Christmas Truce - which started when British troopers started singing along with caroling German soldiers and ended in a friendly football match between the enemies in no-mans land - has become a symbol of the end of the era when ground combatants met each other with a measure of respect.

I thought it was worth noting this truce because it shows that even in the darkest and bleakest moments, people can still find the strength to find the joy in life.

Alfred Anderson - shown below visiting a recreation of a WW1 trench - was a member of the legendary Black Watch Regement. He was 109 years old.