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Deadly Shelling and Mines

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Deadly Shelling and Mines

There's four or five soldiers quarantined in a tent and a shell hit the tent, killed everybody. But anyway, there was one fellow's head on top of the canteen. There was another awful sight. I borrowed a bicycle to go to the doctor to see about my ear. I was trying to swing the lead and I heard a bang, a loud bang, and there was an old Frenchman and his little dog, fox terrier, he stepped on a mine that hadn't been exploded. And it ripped his stomach open and then the poor dog, it was dragging its hind feet. They had to shoot it, but I don't know whether he lived or not.

Mr. Goodfellow describes the death by shelling of several sick comrades quarantined in the same tent, and witnesses an unfortunate incident where a civilian and his dog are seriously injured by a land mine.

Thomas Goodfellow

Thomas Goodfellow was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on May 15, 1898. His family emigrated to Canada in 1907. When he was old enough, he went to work for Thomas Organ in Woodstock, Ontario. On a dare, he enlisted at age 16, joining the 71st Battalion. On arrival in England in 1916, Mr. Goodfellow transferred to the 44th Battalion. He did not see service in France until late 1918.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Thomas Goodfellow
War, Conflict or Mission:
First World War
44th Battalion

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