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    Posted: November 08 2018 at 2:56am
With the centenary of the Armistice rapidly approaching, perhaps it is an appropriate time to record an experience of my father's shortly before the First World War ended. As a boy I remembering him mentioning the incident and I found this among his papers following his death.



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Zed Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 08 2018 at 4:30am
Thank's for posting your Father's experience. a very lucky man indeed!
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Very nice read, Terry, and Very nice you have this document!
 
Also very nice you had a father, as you nearly didn't!
 
An old acquaintance of mine carried a bullet in the bottom of his heart, from 1916 until he died in I believe 1982.  Got it on the Somme.  Went through his arm, dog -tag attached to his braces,  broke a rib and lodged in his heart.  He had X-rays showing it.
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Thanks again for this Terry.
 
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I've read a lot about the fighting/living conditions of WW1. Only a true sense of duty and love of country would keep the brave personnel in the trenches. God bless...
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Great story we will remember them .if you can get hold of his military file they are some times a great read , i had great uncles in 55th ,58th and 14th ALH in the first AIF their files are an awesome snapshot of who they where . All 3 where brothers but un aware of each other as enlisted in 3 different states of Australia.
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Good history there, smerdon42! Thanks for sharing that.
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Canuck it is always funny to find out that a bunch of diggers , got shot wounded and sent to hospital only to catch a dose of VD from some French whorehouse . Those Aussie diggers where always getting into trouble .
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