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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2008 7:20 am 
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Express and Advertiser, June 26, 1915 pg. 11
MET ON THE BATTLEFIELD.
BURNLEY WOUNDED SERGEANTS'S LETTER.

In the No. 15 General Hospital at Alexandria is Sergt. Fred Sutcliffe, of the 1/5th East Lancashire Territorials, suffering from shrapnel wounds in the thigh which have broken the bone. The soldier's home is at 53, Cog-street, Burnley, and writing to his mother he describes his experiences. The letter is as follows:-"The way I came to be wounded was in returning to the base for a rest after a few days in the trenches. The enemy started shelling the roads and gullies leading to the place where we were going to make our dug-outs, and in one of these a shell burst, and although I dropped under cover I was hit, the shrapnel catching me in the thigh. A second shell burst in the same place but missed me, and then I was attended to by a stretcher-bearer. More came up, who happened to belong to Burnley and who knew me, so I was all right. Here (in hospital) I have on each side of me an Australian and a New Zealander. They are a cheerful lot of fellows and keep you quite merry, besides being of a kind and genial disposition and generous nature."
Sergt. Sutcliffe has a brother in the R.A.M.C.

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