Christmas Cards from the Suffolk Regiment
This 1917 Christmas Card was sent from 4th Battalion to the 9th battalion who were both servicing in France and Flanders. In early December of that year the 4th Battalion had been in the Passchendale area but on the 12th December they went sent by train to Godewaersvelde. They then marched to billets scattered around Eecke where they spent Christmas and stayed till the end of the year. The 9th Battalion were at Bailleulmont in mid-December and stayed there through Christmas where they spent a restful time. This was improved by the frost and snow which gave the old French village a Christmas card look.This Christmas card was sent from Pte William Meeks to the Regimental Headquarters in Bury St Edmunds. He served with the 2nd Battalion in Flanders and France from 1915 to 1918 where he was a company runner for X coy, service number 40727. During his service he was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal plus a Military Medal with clasp for gallantry. They were awarded on the 16th August 1917 and the 16th July 1918 respectively. In civilian life he returned to Chattris in Cambridgeshire where he was cemetery superintendent.