Not in the mould

Otago Daily Times - - EDITORIAL -

A good story is re­lated re­spect­ing a sol­dier from the Gis­borne dis­trict who was sent home and given his dis­charge be­cause he was too big. In­cred­i­ble as it may seem, the story is none the less true (says the Poverty Bay Her­ald). Although short of stature, he was ex­traor­di­nar­ily bulky, so much so that on his ar­rival in Eng­land the camp au­thor­i­ties ex­pressed grave doubts as to the wis­dom of send­ing

him across to the western front, in case his un­usual dimensions should cause a block­age in a trench and thus en­tail dan­ger to his com­rades. The young fel­low, so it is re­ported, was put to all sorts of train­ing to re­duce his bulk, but the per­plexed camp au­thor­i­ties found that in­stead of re­duc­ing weight, the sol­dier, who, it might be added, had been ac­cus­tomed to an ac­tive out­door life be­fore don­ning khaki, only con­tin­ued to thrive, turn­ing the scales at 16 stone. As an in­fantry man he was told he was quite out of the ques­tion, and, apart from the dan­ger of block­age, he would oc­cupy the space in the fir­ing line of two men.

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