Thomas Gow: The short ceasefire Christmas Eve 1914 and other stories
Thomas Gow: Christmas Cease Fire 1914
9 postcards from different locations
My grandfather Thomas Gow fought in Word War 1, from Scotland, his parents moved to Ireland just after war started so he sent postcards to his parents who lived first at Stephenstown, Dundalk and then moved to Slane, Co Meath. He posted these postcards in envelopes from places he stayed. He fought in the calvary. He served during the whole course of war and in countries from France to Greece and Turkey. He was 17 when he signed up,(pretended he was 18). He was also in Greece where he was bitten by a snake and had to cut out part of his leg to remove the bite or else he would have died. My mother often heard him telling a story about how on Christmas eve 1914 both sides stopped fighting, sang christmas carols and smoked cigerettes together. A song was written in the last few years describing this event and when my mother heard song on radio one day she sat down in amazement and wept as she had never heard anyone else speak about this momentous event. My grandfather spoke about one time going into battle (he was in the calvery) he heard his cousin shout his name, he turned his horse and went back looking for his cousin, the rest of soldiers that had gone forward were killed and later after the war he found out that his cousin (who was also fighting in the war in the same area) had died a few hours before this incident happened. He always maintained that his cousins spirit had saved his life that day.