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20 April 1915

Private Samuel Butterworth, of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, who was returned to his home at Staleybridge, in England, says;

One of the most remarkable instances of bravery and contempt for danger which I saw was when Major Powell sprained his ankle. He could not run, and could scarcely walk. While we were advancing to drive the Germans out of some trenches they had taken from us Major Powell brought a chair out of a house and carried it with him using it occasionally to sit upon.

We advanced in short rushes, and every time we had advanced and got under cover Major Powell would put down his chair and sit upon it to rest his foot. All the time shells and bullets were flying around, but Major Powell took his chair to within 200 yards of the enemy’s trenches, conducting the operations all the way until he got hit, but I am glad to say he was not very seriously hurt.

 This course of events had also been mentioned by Private Robert Sanderson in December 1914.
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