First World War Centenary

Written by: Peter Henshaw | Published:

A poignant song composed to commemorate the famous Christmas Eve truce during the First World War has been recorded and made available to primary schools.

A poignant song composed to commemorate the famous Christmas Eve truce during the First World War has been recorded and made available to primary schools.

Christmas Eve, 1914 tells the story of the truce and subsequent football match, when German and British soldiers came out into ‘No Man’s Land’ to talk, exchange food, tobacco and souvenirs and to sing carols, as well as play football.

It has been written by Gary Cunliffe and Elaine Sutton from Dimensions Curriculum and the final version is a mix of three recordings: a male solo version, a version by a choir of school children from Belmont Primary School in Bolton (pictured), and a recording by an “old soldiers” choir with an average age of 78. The song is now available for free to download.


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