GNAW JOKE

Your Family History - - Letters -

Re­gard­ing your mil­i­tary his­tory fea­ture on Pass­chen­daele (is­sue 184), my grand­fa­ther was at the above, and wounded, but for­tu­nately sur­vived. My query is that in the ar­ti­cle, it states that Patch re­called how, dur­ing six months on the con­ti­nent, he never had clean clothes, but then goes on to say ‘how he fear­lessly scut­tled up to men in their wa­ter­logged trenches and gnaw on their boot­laces’. Is this cor­rect, or per­haps, should it be the rats that scut­tled? DIANE DONOHUE, VIA EMAIL You’re quite right, Diane; many apolo­gies for a rogue bit of cut­ting text here that re­placed ‘they’ with ‘he’. Cor­rec­tion: Many apolo­gies to Carol Beard­more, whose name was in­cor­rectly spelled on page 3 of YFH 185.

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