Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

8/8/2007

Internet archive puts flesh on the bones of first world war soldiers’ experiences

Like many men of his generation and experiences, Pattie Townsend’s father didn’t talk much about the Great War.
She knew he had enlisted in 1914, full of excitement and pretending to be older than his 17 years. By the time he was discharged on December 22 1916 he had been gassed, received injuries to his left knee and forearm, and had part of his skull blown away, an injury that left him suffering from epilepsy for the rest of his life. Patrick Gould married twice, working for much of his life as a labourer on the docks in London, but when he died in 1975 he took with him most of his wartime secrets. for more click here

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