2016-12-05

Dec 5. A Christmas tragedy

Card sent from Eugene to Nellie
In December 1916, Eugene Marshall sent a Christmas card to his wife with the text: "from Gene in the trenches with love to Nellie." He was killed on December 21st, leaving behind not only a wife but also four daughters. When his fifth daughter was born in early 1917 she was named Eugenia after her father.

This story was shared by Ian Birchenough, and the pictures are licensed as CC BY-SA.

To read the whole story and see pictures of Eugene and Nellie, go to http://europeana1914-1918.eu/en/contributions/3999.


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

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