25 December 1915

1915 Christmas billy, Thomas Sydney Harrison. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.

1915 Christmas billy, Thomas Sydney Harrison. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.

Each man was given a ‘Christmas Billy’, and I can assure you they opened them as eagerly as children at home do open their Christmas stockings … Just one thing hurt very much — it was the picture on the outside of the billy, showing a Kangaroo on the map of Gallipoli, with his tail knocking a Turk into the sea and underneath the words ‘THIS BIT OF THE WORLD BELONGS TO US’.

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This entry was posted on December 25th, 2015.