RAPID RECOVERY FROM WOUNDS.
Some of our wounded have made
marvellously rapid recoveries. Two days ago (writes a correspondent of the London 'Telegraph') I talked with a bighearted fellow who was wounded when getting a maxim into action in a village several miles east of Bethune last Saturday. A rifle bullet struck him on the left side of the nose, and came out of the jaw below the right ear. He got to hospital after spending 18 hours in the train, and on Tuesday afternoon was delighted to say how lucky ho thought himself. When ho was struck be believed half his face had gone, " but whe*n the bruises have gone from _my eyea I am sure my girl will recognise me." There continue to be very many wounds in the arms, hands, and feet. The men make light of these. "They have just earned us a little rest. We shall soon go back to the trenches again." The most remarkable escape from death I have seen is that of a Royal Irish Rifleman, a Belfast lad, who was hit less than a week ago by a piece of shell. The rifleman had a big triangular wound on the top of his head, and a cut on the forehead. The missile which knocked the unfortunate fellow insensible ricochetted off his head on to the arm of the man next him, and so cut and bruised it that the pair «5f them had to bo sent to hospital. How tb' first man escaped death is a mystery.
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RAPID RECOVERY FROM WOUNDS., Evening Star, Issue 15672, 10 December 1914