|Place||Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli|
|Physical description||Foodstuff – dry|
Christmas, Cecil Robert
Huntley & Palmers
|Place made||Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, United Kingdom: England|
|Date made||c 1915|
First World War, 1914-1918
Army biscuit Christmas card : Private C R Christmas, 5 Field Ambulance, AIF
Damaged army hard tack biscuit. Impressed by the manufacturer on the front is '[H]UNTLEY / [A]RMY NO. [ILLEGIBLE] / ME'. The edges of the biscuit have mostly broken off. The only written section which is fully legible is the one remaining complete edge which reads 'OLD FRIENDS ANZAC' in black ink. The back of the biscuit carries a message written in graphite pencil or black ink, some of which is illegible. It reads 'M[erry] Christ[mas] [Illegible] / Prosperous New Y[ear] / from Old friends / Anzac / Gallipoli 1915 / [P]te C.R. Christmas MM / 3903 / [illegible] / AIF AAMC'. the letters 'MM' [Military Medal] have been added later in blue ink and Private Christmas's name has been traced over in the same ink.
3903 Sergeant Cecil Robert Christmas was working as a commercial traveller when he enlisted in the AIF on 3 May 1915 and was assigned to the 5th Field Ambulance. He embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Ajana on 31 May 1915. He took part in the Gallipoli campaign from mid August until December when the ANZAC area was evacuated.
In March 1916 he travelled with his unit to France. On 14 November 1916, Christmas was wounded in the right thigh and was invalided to England. He was awarded the Military Medal for service at Pozieres on 6 August, which was gazetted on 8 December 1916. After he recovered from his wounds he returned to Australia 13 February 1917 on board the Hospital Ship Benalla while undertaking nursing duties. He may have continued to serve aboard the Benalla until April 1918 when he may have granted leave, but his service records are unclear.