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Bethlehem at Christmas

At Christmas 1946 I was serving with the 1st Battalion. The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders in the British Army, stationed in Sarafand, Palestine. When I was detailed to take the boys from the military band to Bethlehem to take part in the midnight service at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

Having since boyhood attended many Christmas Services and Midnight Masses and pictured the scene, I was thrilled to actually be in Bethlehem at Christmas.

I felt privileged and will never forget the experience of participating in the Service.

What also remains in my mind were the number of soldiers attending who were wearing side arms, and the number of pieces of "The True Cross" being offered for sale by local vendors.
The Cross must have been very tall.

Keith Ridler-Dutton

 

Keith Ridler-Dutton 
Keith Ridler-Dutton  (December 25, 1946)

 

 

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