In an interview with the press published one hundred years ago, a Corporal whose family lived in Baston told of his horrific injuries received during battle.
Corporal P Cooke of the 1st Battalion King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment was severely wounded in his right leg by shrapnel at Cambrai.
The men arrived at Cambrai and came under fire from the Germans.
Corporal Cooke said:”We took cover wherever we could and, lying down, returned their fire.
“While doing this a shell burst just over where several of us were lying, killing several.
“I felt a numbing pain in my right leg and on looking towards it saw such a lot of blood that I swooned and did not regain conciousness until I foud myself in the church at Cambrai which was used as a temporary hospital.
“There were about 50 others there having their wounds tended to.
“When my wounds were dressed I was taken out and placed in a motor wagon.
“We had not been gone five minutes before we saw several shells trike the church and completely demolish it, burying everyone underneath it.
“I was sent on by rail to Amiens to a base hospital.
“After two days we were told to shift as Germans were approaching.
“I can tell you, it was a pretty rough game.”