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The experience of William Henry Gallimore, of the 1st Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, is one of the many instances of remarkable endurance on the part of wounded soldiers which are coming to light.

He was shot while lying in a corn field, his thigh being fractured. His comrades were driven back and he had to lie in the corn field all night.

The next day he received another wound, being shot in the left hand. He then found shelter in a hole which had been made by a German shell, and watched the bullets from a machine gun ripping across the top of the hole, and burying themselves in the other side.

On the third day he was again hit, the bullet entering the sole of his foot.

On the fourth day he crawled away for a distance of 80 yards, and had the good fortune to find some rum in a dead Germans water bottle.

On the following day he crawled 200 yards, and was rescued by a man in the Welsh Regiment, who, in the face of a heavy fire, carried him into safety.

The only food he had during his five days exposure was a piece of bread which a wounded German had given him on the first day.

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  1. […] wounds in his left thigh, left arm and foot. These wounds ended his war service. Read the related article, which gives a fuller account of what happened. William was sent back to England in the […]

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