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    Roger,
    Here are 50 pages on MCRAE top link some good some not so good as they were scanned in, also four from the CWGC database to.

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    Fascinating read Gil, even if some of it is a little hard to decipher. Interesting that he was born in London, so had presumably emigrated to Canadaicon before the war, survived a gun shot wound to the hand in October 1916 (I bet that raised some questions), went on a Lewis gun course, then returned to be killed at Passchendaele....

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    Roger,
    Yes absolutely. He certainly was a brave man. I am supposing of course that his wound was slight and he was returned to the lines, and it wasn't bad enough to be a "Blighty One"??
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    Yes. I was also wondering if he got any close questioning about how it occurred. By the middle of the war SIW's were becoming increasingly common, so gun shot wounds to the hand or foot/lower leg might predispose to a grilling.

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    Roger,
    Knowing where he was, it was probably a blast injury.
    It would appear he was sent from the front line tp the 2nd (Southern)Military Hospital in Maudlin street, Bristol on the 10/10/1916 with a severe injury to his right hand.

    He was discharged on the 7/11/1916 from Bristol to recuperation unit at Military Hospital Bearwood, in Wokingham where he arrived on the 25/10/1916 and was immediately discharged as fit to return to the line.

    It would appear he was docked 3 days pay for going AWOL overnight the 3/4th of February 1917 until the 5/3/1917, wonder where he went for nearly a month?? Was this the Lewis gun course??
    He was then sent to Franceicon on the 19th of March 1917, and was killed on the 28th October 1917.
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    It's hard to make out a lot of the details, but on one of the file index cards it says 'GSW R hand'. I also saw a comment elsewhere which referred to the removal of metal from the hand. I suppose that could be a bullet or bullet fragment, or a just as easily a piece of steel shell shard.

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    Interestingly, I found this image of the LEWIS GUN Specialist course for units of the Canadianicon Mounted Rifles Battalion at Camblain L'Abbe which is near Ypres on the monring of the 13th October 1917. One has to assume MCRAE is on there, but which one? Nothing like a bit of detective work when it comes to the Britishicon & Commonwealth Armies!!
    Also the CMR recruitment poster

    On page 24 of the 50 on record if you expand the image as the words are poor, it says clearly there in pencil Returned from Course 13/10/17
    All medical reference on page 44 in Military speak ie G.S.W means: gun shot wound and earlier on page 22 an entry Missile Fragment

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