He went into action for the first and only time on October 9th of 1917, towards the end of the campaign which culminated in the capture of Passchendaele Ridge. He fell severely wounded in the chest by a shell splinter in the early morning while in command of his company. He was taken to a Field Ambulance Unit and a dressing station, and then to No. 4 Casualty Clearing Staiton (Dozinghem) at Westvleteren. However, a few days later gas gangrene developed in the wound, and he died on October 13th. The Hospital Matron wrote to his father that “everything possible was done for him, he died very suddenly at 4.45 p.m. on October 13th”. He had been conscious very nearly to the last, and showed himself, as the Matron testified, “a good patient”.
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