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B*gger!~Old Tom's Luck


HarryBettsMCDCM
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Ploughing through some of my Northamptonshire Regiment Men's Pension & Service Papers I came across a typically "Sods Law" cause of discharge for a Lance Corporal in the 1st Bn Northamptonshire Regiment.

12581 L/Cpl Newson Hart,in his own words on the cause of discharge.. ."Advancing towards the front when I was hit by shrapnel causing a wound to the right hand {resulted in amputation of little finger RH};I dropped my equipment & helmet and was making my way back to the Field Hospital,when a Gas Shell{mustard} exploded & I inhaled Mustard Gas"

Poor old Newson was discharged having suffered Laryngitis,Bronchitis,Pneumonia & an amputated finger...

{With appreciation to the Fast Show}

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IIRC once wounded you were allowed to discard your equipment

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As mentioned in several accounts by soldiers including Frank Richards in his book

"Old Soldiers Never Die".

A bit thoughtless not keeping your gas mask on the battlefield though.

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