Friday, 15 January 2016


Saturday 15th January 1916: The adjutant of the 2nd Battalion tells us that one of his men, Private Lawrence Wignall from Kirkdale in Lancashire has died of meningitis – an inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. This complaint can be caused by a number of causes and, naturally, the man’s companions are worried that they might catch it – though none has so far developed symptoms. Here we are faced by yet another reminder that the boys at the front face more dangers than bullets, shells and poison gas(1)

Source: X550/3/wd

(1) No other cases were reported.

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