War game

Wednesday 31st December 2014 12:00 am

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THE Sainsbury's advert on television this Christmas reminded us all of the remarkable truce on Christmas Day 1914 where Allied and German troops put down their weapons to play a game of football – and a delve into the past has shown that Okehampton had its own special football match that same day.

An excerpt from the Western Times, published Tuesday, December 29, 1914 revealed that on Christmas Day, the men of the 10th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment stationed at

Okehampton selected a team to play against the local football team. The match drew a very large attendance to witness the match, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

The Times would like to thanks Collin Goodwin for supplying this information.

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