All of which makes me reflect on how much harder it must have been for thousands of families a century ago as we moved towards the second Christmas of the Great War.
George Davison was serving with the Royal Artillery in Ireland and while he had hoped to be home for the festival it wasn’t to be.
It was of course shot through with thoughts of Christmas and the wish that Nellie would enjoy her present and get a toy for their son Duncan but just for a moment George reflected on the absence of any letters from his friends and family “since I left home. I certainly thought I had a few friends but the old saying ‘out of sight out of mind’ is still true.”
I don’t know if George ever visited the cottage and Nellie did sub let the property for a while near the end of the war but it is still there today and I rather think later next year I shall go looking for it.
All of which just leaves me to finish with George’s closing remarks “with best wishes for a jolly Xmas for yourself and Duncan.”
Picture; extract from the letter dated December 23 1915 from the George Davison Collection courtesy of David Harrop