Netley Hospital Chapel
Tuesday 1st December 1914: We have heard from Harry Ashby, from Barton-le-Clay, who has been wounded whilst serving in the front line near
“The trenches were half full of water. We were laughing and joking like we
always do and all at once came a shell, which burst about 100 yards in front of
us. Then came another which killed one on each side of me and knocked the back
of my hand off. Of course it made a hole right through my hand”.
He has been sent home to
Netley Hospital near Southampton
because he was also wounded in the body but did not tell his mother at first as
he did not want to worry her too much. He is now at Gatcombe House on the Isle of Wight
because his doctor sent him to stay at his own house to recuperate. The
convalescent says the doctor’s father is a millionaire and that he gets the
best of treatment, in fact he is treated like an honoured guest.