Topic: Christmas Reunion, Shepheard's Hotel, Cairo, 1914

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December 1914, at a Christmas dinner at Shepheard’s Hotel in Cairo, twenty six men of the Canterbury Regiment signed a menu.

December 1914, a reunion of friends, colleagues, soldiers and sporting rivals, celebrating with a Noel dinner. For many this would be their last Christmas and by the following year most had been wounded or killed in action.

It had originally been intended to be “a small spread for about a dozen companions” but so many wanted to join in that 65 in total attended. A story in The Press on 9 February 1915 lists the names of all those who attended.

On a menu from the evening are the signatures of 26 men from the 1st Canterbury Regiment who attended the dinner.

Menu card: Christmas dinner at Shepheard's Hotel, Cairo, 1914. CCL-Arch44-007

Private W. J. Mansell
Private J. H. Aitken
Sergeant J. W. T. Ross
Private F. L. Sapsford
Private L. H. Parson
Private F. L. Buttle
Private N.R. Sime
Private T. L. Burns
Private O. M. Norris
Private G. Porter
Lance-Corporal C. H. Ballantyne
Private R. H. Livingstone
Private Chas. Bain
Private H. Noel Jarvis
Private K. Jameson
Sergeant-Major A. Brant
Lance-Corporal L. B. Hutton
Private Stanley Natusch
Private W.E. Cookson
Private J. Erwin
Private F. R. Isherwood
Corporal R. P. Petre
Private K. De Maus
Private Roy P. Herman
Sergeant-Major C.F. Macmullen
Staff Sergeant-Major Chas. C. Massey

On the inside of the menu, Sergeant K.M. Little, Divisional Headquarters Staff, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, has also signed but he was not mentioned amongst the attendees in the Press article.

 

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