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As printed in the Manchester Evening News on Saturday 22nd September 1917.

A mysterious shooting affair came under the notice of the Manchester police last night, when a soldier of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment was taken to the Royal Infirmary suffering from gunshot wounds ln the right arm.

It was ascertained that the man’s name is Sergeant Harold Radford, aged 38, and that he lives in Hall Lane, Moses Gate, Bolton.

He was making his way to London Road Station en route for the front, and when near Lever Street two shots were heard. Radford staggered and collapsed.

Help was quickly forthcoming, and the man after being attended to at the Central Receiving Ward, was removed to the Infirmary. There the doctors discovered that the man’s right elbow had been blown away.

He was reported to be in a serious condition today.

How he came to receive his injuries is not definitely known, but the soldier himself says the affair was quite an accident.

Radford was this afternoon removed to Seymour Park Military Hospital.

Website comment: It appears that Sergeant Harold Radford hadn’t ever been, and never would make it, overseas.

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