No Christmas Truce for Tutbury Soldier
The legend of the 1914 Christmas Truce is well known – less well know is that it only happened in a few places. For most servicemen on that Christmas day, fighting and dying continued. The first soldier from Tutbury to die in WWI was William Edgar Priestley of Cornmill Lane, aged 22, 2nd Bn Grenadier Guards – killed by a sniper on Christmas Day 1914.
His death was not unique, rather it was one of many during the “Christmas Truce” – read about the reality of Christmas Day 1914