Beselare Posted 1 January , 2012 Share Posted 1 January , 2012 In the book Christmas Truce, there is a section dealing with three soldiers from the Queen's Westminster Rifles (Ptes. Byng, Goude and Pearce). The diary lists them as 'missing' and adds "Known to be safe and not wounded. With Germans". There is also an addendum written in the diary about these three and is underlined, "Please don't publish this". Apparently the three in a drunken state entered the German trenches and because they had seen the defences, in particular the location of the machine-guns, the German commander ordered them to be taken prisoner. British pleas for their release were turned down, but an assurance was given by the Germans that the men would be intered in a civilian camp and would not be treated as POWs. Is there any known record of the fate of these three? Bob Findley Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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