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Father had been at the Somme

By Mrs Eileen Lee (nee Clark)

My father was a regimental sergeant major during the First World War and he had been on the Somme. He actually got gassed but he was fortunate because he was quite healthy until he was about 65. He caught a bad case of flu and in the doctors words it caused the gas to start moving and that's really what killed him. Although the death certificate read 'bronchitus and pneumonia', and I remember reading at the time that quite a few men were dying of the same thing.

© QLHS 2005

 

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