I recently found this incredible Podcast regarding the gas attack on Ypres Salient which began on the 22nd April 1915, these podcasts are the actual voices of the men who witnessed and survived World War One.
Podcast 13 has a personal connection for me as my great grand uncle John George Woods a private in the Durham Light Infantry died as a result of these attacks on the 26th April.
Edgar Huggins of the Durham Light Infantry described the impact the battle had on his battalion. (as heard in the podcast)
Well I don’t know if there was a lot of gas I mean, I lived through it but there’s a lot I’ve seen that either didn’t live or they got felled by it. Because after we’d been in there five days we got relieved and when we got back to brigade headquarters the other side of Ypres, there was only 200 of us answered roll call.
I’m one of them that answered roll call. I can’t tell you what happened, because I mean we were full strength – there was a body of a lot of men you know. I wouldn’t like to estimate but about six or seven hundred men was lost, either gassed or fell. I don’t know if a lot of them was killed, I couldn’t say.
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