Not in the mould
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.