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YOUNG FRENCHMAN'S BRAVE DEED

How Rene Granger, a out liis onieiß to the letter and to the laut is told ill the Paris ' Liberte.' Young Granger enlisted in the firot days of the mobilisation, and after a short period of training joined a regiment in Lorraine. In a few •weeks his courage and intelligence had gained him the rank of corporal On© day when his regiment was in the trendies the colonel called for a soldier who sliould volunteer to oaxry the orders of the staff to the different oompaniee. Be did not conceal the fact that the mission was one of real danger. Corporal Granger volunteered. He listened tentatively to the colonel's instructione. Then with a quiet " CJcst bien," went on his mission. He reached the first trench in safety, and gave his message. The next stage of his journey was a dangerous one, for ho had to pass over an open space of 300 yds, swept by the enemy's fire. He went down on hia hands and knees and crawled, only lifting his head in order to see his way. Within a few yards of the trenches a bullet struck him in the thigh. He sheltered behind a tree,- hastily dressed the wounds, then dragged himself to the trench, where ho delivered his message to the commander. This officer pressed, him to remain and let another complete his mission, but Granger refused. '' I have given my ward," he said. There remained still two companies to visit. One of them was quite near, and he reached it without much difficulty, but the laet was 600 yards away, far advanced in five zone of fire. Granger began his terrible journey. At every few yards he was compelled to stop, so fierce was the suffering caused by his wound. Bullets whistled around him, and one pierced his kepi. He was within 20 yards of safety when a shell burst in front of him, and fragments struck him, inflicting a terrible wound. Ho lost consciousness a moment, but lie had been seen from the trenches. Two ambulance men ran out, placed him on a stretcher, and carried him to their company. Young Granger recovered consciousness, and rememto-cd that he had a mission to fulfil. He asked that the commanding officer fihouid bo called, and almost with his last breath whispered the orders he had been given. The sacrifice of his life was not in vain, for the instructions he had transmitted enabled the French to repulse a fierce German attack with heavy loss.

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YOUNG FRENCHMAN'S BRAVE DEED, Evening Star, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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YOUNG FRENCHMAN'S BRAVE DEED Evening Star, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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