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Christmas at Chatham Dockyard - 1869
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2009, 14:23:46 »
Christmas Day was kept in the usual way at chatham. The dockyard was closed, the ceasation from work extending from Friday afternoon to Tuesday morning, the half of Monday having been given as a holiday by the Lords of the Admiralty on the occasion of their recent visit of inspection, and the men having made up for the other half of the day by working overtime. The Gun-Wharf and other Government establishments were also closed.
The military attended the various places of worship in the morning, and made holiday for the rest of the day. The soldiers were enabled to obtain Christmas fare by a distribution of a small sum to each from the "canteen
 fund' and by liberal subscriptions from the captains of companies.
By the generosity of the officers and men of the dockyard there was a very pleasant entertainment in the Searching-room, there some 200 poor children were regaled with a capital dinner of roast beef and plum pudding, dispensed under the care of Superintendent Strength and the dockyard police.

 

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