| James Kon |
IN A remarkable turn of events on Christmas Day 1914, soldiers fighting on the western front of the First World War laid down their weapons in a spontaneous ceasefire and met in no man’s land to exchange gifts and play a game of football.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the extraordinary event, “Football Remembers Week” is taking place across the globe on December 6-14.
British embassies, high commissions and consulates around the world are hosting a series of football events.
The British High Commission in Brunei Darussalam, in collaboration with Jerudong International School (JIS), organised a match which saw Principals XI take on JIS Select.
The team included members of the British military currently working with Royal Brunei Armed Forces, the JIS community as well as personnel from other embassies in Brunei Darussalam.
Deputy British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, Benjamin Boddy, said, “This is the first time that such event has been done.
“This year is 100th anniversary of the First World War. On Christmas, the troops came out of their trenches and laid down their weapons in a spontaneous ceasefire.
“They then proceeded to bury the dead, sang carols and exchanged gifts.
“The troops then played a game of football.
“In memory of this historical event, players at every level of football from the English Premier League to schools will be playing a match as part of the Football Remembers Week.
“The idea is to highlight the sacrifices made during the First World War and teach youngsters that even in the worst of situations, sports can lead to reconciliation,” he added.
The players observed a minute of silence prior to kick-off.