Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, who died during the two World Wars.

Letter from Driver Alfred Sellman, R.F.A.

BRIDGNORTH MEN WOUNDED
[Bridgnorth Journal, 30th September, 1916]

31048 Driver Alfred Sellman, R.F.A., youngest son of Mrs. S. Sellman, 11 Edward Terrace, Bridgnorth, was recently wounded in France, and is now in hospital in England. Writing home he says:-

I cannot explain my feelings at being back in dear old England, with every one so kind to us. It is a dream after the terrible ordeal the boys have been through on the Somme. The morning of the advance we ran our guns right up into Martinpuieh. We had not been there long when they landed a big shell right near our team. The head driver was killed outright. At the same time I felt a heavy thud on my right ankle, but took no notice owing to the excitement, and we had to leave our position. We buried Steve (the head driver) a few hours after. He was hit right through the heart. After the advance we did not have our clothes off for days, working night and day, and I did not pay any attention to my leg. Then it began to give me trouble. I went to the medical officer, and he said that it had turned bad ways, sent me to the base, and I was marked England right away.

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