Alfred Lintott was a member of the Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS) prior to joining the army. He became a captain in the London Rifle Brigade, and in 1914 was posted to the Western Front. On Christmas Day 1914 Lintott wrote a letter to his employer at the CIS, Mr Odgers. He makes reference to a present received from the Co-operative Wholesale Society on Christmas Eve, as well as discussing what life in the trenches was like. He also described an attack by the Germans.
Due to the date on the letter, Lintott is likely to have witnessed the Christmas truce of 1914, when both British and German troops left their lines to socialise and exchange gifts. There was also outbreaks of football games between the two sides, although the soldiers returned to their lines by the end of the day.
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WWI co-operative voices
This post is part of ‘WWI co-operative voices’ which shares the stories of co-operative workers and members during the conflict. In order to mark the centenary of the WWI, the Rochdale Pioneers Museum is staging an exhibition entitled ‘From shop floor to front line’ and the accounts of these soldiers, shop workers and conscientious objectors will run alongside it. They are tales of death, duty and of those who chose not to fight.
Through ‘WWI co-operative voices’ we will be releasing new posts about these individuals throughout the duration of the exhibition (due to open mid-May 2015 and run until May 2016). Read about the co-operative movement’s involvement in a war that shook the world by selecting a name from the column on the left. You can also follow us on social media for regular updates.
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We wish to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting the ‘From shop floor to front line’ exhibition and project.