Saturday, 13 February 2016

A Shell-Shocked Luton Soldier

Rifle Brigade Memorial, London [Wikimedia]

Sunday 13 February 1916: Mr. and Mrs. J. Palfrey of 19 Grove Road, Luton, have received the worrying news that their son Corporal Walter Palfrey is in hospital at Boulogne suffering from loss of speech as a result of shock caused by the heavy firing. Corporal Palfrey worked as a moulder at the Diamond Foundry until he joined the 4th Rifle Brigade some years ago. He went to France with his regiment in January 1915 and has taken part in many battles. He was wounded last May and on his recovery he was transferred to the 8th Battalion of the Rifle Brigade. It is hoped that he will soon make a complete recovery from this unfortunate condition.

Source: Luton News, 17th February 1916

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