Bourne Military Hospital in 1915

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Bourne’s Military Hospital during World War 1 contained around 40 injured soldiers this time 100 years ago.

Readers were told of some of the experiences and injuries the “brave soldiers” had endured.

Many of the men were suffering from frost-bite.

The report explained: “Some of the men have experienced the awful ordeal of being stuck in the mud for 24 hours.

“Others are suffering from overstrain of the muscles whilst in the wet trenches, which has resulted in neuralgic pains, which cause a good deal of agony.”

The report continued: “One of the men (in the hospital) has had an extraordinary experience in the trenches.

“He lost his speech and was discovered in the trench suffering from paralysis.”

However, readers learned that: “He is now improving nicely.”

One of the men, Pte Wilson of the Middlesex Regiment, related what the report called a “remarkable incident”.

Readers were told: “He is suffering from a bullet wound in his left thigh. A bullet from the enemy went through a purse containing coins in his trousers pocket. A hole was made clean through some of the coins and the bullet eventually penetrated his thigh.

“A doctor told Pte Wilson when in hospital soon after the incident that, in all probability, had it not been for the purse and the coins his leg would have been shattered.”

Local residents were giving gifts to the hospital of things such as pheasants, rabbits, cigarettes, marrow, apples, meat jelly, tea, lemonade, eggs, butter, marmalade, jam, grapes, cake plus five shillings in cash.

The names of the donors were listed in detail, from the Countess of Ancaster to Bourne Wesleyan Band.