Nurse brought Dad back from ‘dead’

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS -

David Wil­liams, 67, of Den­bighshire, says thank you to a young nurse who saved his fa­ther’s life. My dad John “Jack” David Wil­liams was born in 1898 and was a rail­way­man who lived in Rhud­d­lan for most of his life. Dad joined the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in 1914, at 16. He fought as a foot sol­dier and was in­volved in the Bat­tle of the Somme.

Dur­ing heavy ex­changes Dad was badly wounded and car­ried on a stretcher to a field hospi­tal where he was placed in a tent for the de­ceased. For­tu­nately, a young nurse was pass­ing and no­ticed a move­ment in his leg.

She checked his pulse and found he was alive, but in se­vere shock. This nurse, who we be­lieve to have been of Ger­man de­scent was called El­frieda. She helped Dad re­cover un­til he was fit enough to be moved.

Dad had sus­tained sev­eral bul­let wounds, mostly to his leg, and was shipped back to Bri­tain.

We are eter­nally grate­ful to the nurse and my sis­ter is named in her hon­our.

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