Wordless Wednesday: “… A small shell burst in the trench near me …”

ANZAC Field Dressing Station at Battle of Messines, 7, June, 1917. Photo: Queensland State Library via WikiMedia Commons.

Wounded soldiers at an ANZAC Field Dressing Station, Battle of Messines, 7, June, 1917. Photo: Queensland State Library via WikiMedia Commons.

The Big T’s great uncle, Eric Gray, was wounded at Messines on 7 June, 1917, and would have been sent to a dressing station like this one — indeed, perhaps this one.

He wrote to his sister Doris:

.. for an hour or two it fairly rained shells but it wasn’t until about half past three or four o’clock when I got my smack. A small shell burst in the trench near me and the flame of the explosion burnt my neck and a piece went in the back of my right shoulder …

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9 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: “… A small shell burst in the trench near me …”

    • Hi Julie; thanks for visiting. The “big T” is the name I use for my partner when I write about him in my blogs. It’s a nickname he’s had since university and, because I write quite a lot about my immediate family, I’ve taken to using aliases for them. My son is usually referred to as “the boy-child”, or occasionally “the kid.” Cheers, Su.

  1. Hard to click on Like for something like this because there is nothing to like about what happened to Eric Gray or the others. But I like that you are sending out the message about the horrors of war.

    • Yes; and those were the lucky ones. I’ve read accounts by stretcher-bearers of those trapped in no-man’s land with terrible wounds. It’s almost incomprehensible that so many young men (and the women who nursed and drove them) were forced to endure such pain and misery.

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