“The Bolsheviks here have realised the futility of their peace negotiations, and they’re trying to raise a volunteer army to replace the old army that they’ve destroyed. I fear they will have little success – the discipline of the existing units has been destroyed, and the officers’ authority has gone…”
Letter written by Lyon Blease to his mother during his service with the Red Cross, dated 14th January 1918, Anglo-Russian Hospital, Odessa, Ukraine. Letters of Professor Walter Lyon Blease [D55/26/5].
“President Wilson’s new message. Virtual acceptance of peace without victory.”
Entry dated Wednesday 9th January 1918, Diary of John Bruce Glasier [GP/2/1/25].
“Visited 419th field Co.R.E. at Heuchin. Inspected work on horse standings in 165th & 166th brigade areas.”
War diary of University of Liverpool graduate J. H. Forshaw, documenting his service as Captain and Adjutant of the 55th Divisional Royal Engineers, entry dated 2nd January 1918 [D113/1/2].
“We have had our Christmas dinner to-day, Boxing Day; otherwise there has been little doing. Our dinner consisted of some pork, with apple sauce, potatoes, and cabbage; also some excellent plum-pudding, tinned but a good imitation of the home made article. The quality of the dinner was good, if the quantity small. This afternoon, I went for a walk with Chisholm; it was frosty and all the scene white with snow.”
Entry dated December 26th, 1917, War Diary 1917 – 1919, by Aleyn Lyell Reade [ALR. A. 1. 2].
“Peace debate in the House last night – on the adjournment for Christmas.”
Entry dated Friday 21st December 1917. Diary of John Bruce Glasier [GP/2/1/24]
“Heard from Constantia through Helen that both Rita’s sons had been killed in the same battle in Palestine on Nov. 29 – too awfully sad.”
Entry dated 17th December 1917. Diary of Alfred Osten Walker [LUL MS 9]
“Russia and German Peace Delegates are expected to meet today, to consider terms of an armistice.“
Entry dated Saturday December 1st. Diary of John Glasier [GP/2/1/24]
FROM NEW YORK
1 C/s Hospital goods consisting of
2 Doz. Hot Water Bags 6 Doz to Seaforth Military
13 ” Tooth Brushes Hospital
6 ” Calox Comrades Assn.
12 ” Face Cloths ” ”
4 ” Hair Combs
Items donated by the wives of active servicemen aboard Cunard ships to be distributed to the indicated areas. From the Cunard Archive [Cunard Women’s War Service Association Report for 1917, D42/C1/1/22/2].
“Cleared out a big tin box of old bills… Sent off 6 parcels to soldiers.”
Entry dated Wednesday November 12th 1917. Diary of Alfred Osten Walker [LUL MS 9]
“Went with L. Dale to Dawson’s + bought a lot of things for soldiers’ parcels.”
Entry dated Friday November 9th 1917. Diary of Alfred Osten Walker [LUL MS 9]