Previously unknown WW1 diary gives account of second Christmas truce

Many of us will have heard of the Christmas truce which brought fighting to a temporary halt in the trenches of World War 1 back in 1914.

Now, a previously unknown diary has been donated to the archive of the Royal Welch Fusiliers describing a second Christmas ceasefire a year later in 1915.

Writing in his diary, 16-year-old private Robert Keating remembers the events of a truly remarkable Christmas morning, where a ceasefire was held against officer's orders.

By Boxing Day, Keating and his fellow soldiers had been told that further fraternisation with the enemy would be punishable by death.

16-year-old Private Robert Keating Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Christmas Day, December 25th 1914. Had breakfast. After which we shouted greetings to the Germans over the way. We shouted 'come over', they shouted 'come over.' We stood up and saw them walking on their parapets, and then some of the jocks ran across and Gordon and I. The officer was shouting 'come back', 'come back' but we took no heed and went on.

Robert Keating