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Soldier’s memories in BBC documentary

Harborough soldier Arthur Tugwell's recollections are being featuring in a BBC radio documentary.

Harborough soldier Arthur Tugwell's recollections are being featuring in a BBC radio documentary.

 

The memories of a soldier from Harborough who fought in the First World War and was part of the famous Christmas Day truce are being broadcast in a BBC radio documentary.

The tape recording of an interview with town man Arthur Tugwell will feature in the World War One At Home series on BBC Radio Leicester at 11am and 4pm next Thursday.

Mr Tugwell lived in Lubenham Hill until his death in the 1980s.

Something extraordinary happened on Christmas Day 1914 in the middle of the bitter fighting in the trenches – a brief truce between English and German soldiers on the front lines.

They sang carols and even exchanged presents of cigarettes, cigars and badges.

There was also the chance to retrieve bodies of fellow soldiers who had fallen in no man’s land. The truce was never repeated.

A tape recording of Mr Tugwell recounting what happened during the truce had lain in a Leicester University archive for over 40 years.

His name was the only thing known about him until now. Researcher Bridget Blair was given the tape to listen to and was left very moved by his experiences.

An appeal to listeners for information led her to his grandson Tim, who talks lovingly about a wonderful man who was part of such an extraordinary time in history.

It is one of nearly 30 interviews Bridget obtained while researching the impact of the war on Leicestershire.

 

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