Armistice 1918-2018: Reader’s amazing First World War story of one b Dark secret that haunted soldier
I have a Bible that belonged to my grandfather, given to him by his father. He had it with him through the First World War, when he was in the 3rd Battalion Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment, then the Machine Gun Corps.
One day my mother said on his deathbed he confessed he shot his lieutenant, a vindictive man who dished out brutal field punishments. During a battle, Christopher saw his lieutenant come running over the trench. In a flash he swung his machine gun at him. Everyone thought he was shot in the heat of battle. It was never questioned. He kept this secret all his life; only my gran knew. Christopher was such a brave man. But it was the taking of one life in anger that caused him the greatest trauma. He was a Wesleyan Methodist and tried to atone. He was in St John Ambulance, gave blood every six weeks and looked after people in the Second World War. I’ve written his story in a book called Brampton Boy.