Friday, 3 June 2016

Frostbite and a Bombing Accident

Mentmore Towers c.1890 [Z465/10]

Saturday 3rd June 1916: The grandson of Mr. T. Brown of Dudley Street, Leighton Buzzard is celebrating his 18th birthday today in a hospital in Scotland. Frost bite and exposure in the trenches in France has left him with all his toes missing from his right foot; he has also lost the big toe of his left foot. Worse news has been received of Mr. Charles Cameron Douglas of the Cameron Highlanders. Mr Douglas was a member of the Mentmore Estate Office staff, well known for his sporting prowess. He played Rugby at both Bedford and Northampton, and was a popular member of the Leighton Town Tennis Club. He enlisted in March 1915 and went to the front in July. He is believed to have been killed accidentally in a bombing school.

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 6th June 1916

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