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HIT 18 NINE PLACES

SEAMAN'S NARROW ESCAPE

.Although he returned from the front at Ra-baul literally riddled with bullets, Timothy Sullivan, A.M., of the South Australian' Naval Brigade, is able to sit on the verandah of the hospital and smoke u cigarette while telling a graphic story of his personal experiences at the taking of the wireless station by the landing parties from the fleet.

Sullivan, who is a married man with two children, was placed hors do combat on the threshold of the objective, but nob until he had received nine wounds from direct hits or from fragments of explosive His left hand is ]x>wderscorched from a. rifle shot received at elo?e quarters, shattering several fingers to-the point of probable amputation. Two bullets struck his left ami, but without serious injury; one found the point of his chin, leaving a nasty wound ; a piece of lead from an explosive bullet is still lodged under tho left side of his- jaw waiting removal; two of his teeth were knocked or blown out; his breaet escaped with a charge of pun-shot, the potlets of which are under the skin, and can be rolled about with the touch, while another bullet did no more harm than to rip away half of his belt'and bandolier, harmlessly exploding half his ammunition.'.

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HIT 18 NINE PLACES, Issue 15655, 20 November 1914

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HIT 18 NINE PLACES Issue 15655, 20 November 1914

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