"says w (wound - they seem to short hand a lot on these documents eg: g.sw. = gun shot wound), of buttock very dirty and healing/(still)hurting/(still) leaking"
The second line is probably as per rjpalmer "hand amputated in france, stump still discharging" as he wore a hook after ww1
thanks tremendously this has been a lot of help! WW1 was indeed horrible, I have been researching a few of my ancestors in that war. Some made it back like the above with war wounds, others survived unscathed and others don't even have a grave .
One of my ancestors even had his memoirs recorded by the imperial war museum which was weird to hear! (saying that he was a "a coward really" even though he was at the ypres when they blew up hill 60 - crazy!)
I feel kind of sorry for my ancestor to which the document was a part of, he survived but he was called up at the age of 35 with already a family of 5 daughters. must have been horrifying being called up thinking i'll never see them again. Then again one of my ancestors was late teenager early 20s and never came home. such a terrible waste of life.
I think the 'coward' bit sounds like the kind of thing a man would say if he felt guilty about having survived when his comrades didn't. I think a lot of men felt like that.
From personal experience, few of the WWI/II generation came home bragging about, or dramatising, their wartime experiences. Funny stories about their and their mates’ escapades were on the regular agenda; their darker experiences only came out in nightmares and occasional inadvertent comments. Brave men.
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