Ar­mistice 1918-2018: Reader’s amaz­ing First World War story of one b Dark se­cret that haunted sol­dier

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS -

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.

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