First World War Poetry Digital Archive

Dickie New shot in the legs

Arthur Josiah Wheatley, of the 2nd Worcesters (father of Pamela Barnard) used to recall a soldier called Dickie New. When they went over the top together they all dropped to the ground to escape the machine gun fire. Dickie New, always a clumsy man, had his legs sticking up behind him instead of laying
flat. He was shot through both legs, and lost one.

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