25 December 1916

Members of the 4th Australian Field Ambulance display their Christmas billies, sent as comforts from Australia. The billies contained foodstuffs and a pipe. Some of the men are wearing the billy lid on their head. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.

I send you, my Sailors and Soldiers, hearty good wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

My grateful thoughts are ever with you for victories gained, for hardship endured, and your unfailing cheeriness.

Another Christmas has come round and we are still at war. But the Empire, confident in you, remains determined to win.

May God bless and protect you.

George R.I.

   And to the sick and wounded:

At this Christmastide the Queen and I are thinking more than ever of the sick and wounded among my Sailors and Soldiers.

From our hearts we wish them strength to beat their sufferings, speedy restoration to health, a peaceful Christmas and many happier years to come.

George R.I.

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This entry was posted on December 25th, 2016.