Dec. 11. Short trousers

When Private Alvin Whiteley was serving with "The Legion of Frontiersmen" (that's the 25th Batt. Royal Fusiliers) in Africa, he sent these fragments of cloth back home to his family in Yorkshire as Christmas greetings in 1916. They're cut from his trousers! He wrote an account of his time at Korogwe, at Maktau, and at Gaveta in German East Africa. The family has also transcribed his many letters, which runs to over 250 A4 pages.

This story was shared by James Burnett Hewitt, and is licensed as CC BY-SA.

To read the whole story and see pictures of Alvin and his family, go to http://europeana1914-1918.eu/en/contributions/search?q=Alvin+Whiteley.

This post is part of our Advent calendar. New stories are published every day from Dec 1 until Christmas.

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