Fear of Being Buried Alive by Kenneth Gould

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Fear of Being Buried Alive Digital Story Transcript

My father George William Gould he joined up to the King George Yorkshire Light Infantry in August 1914, he went to Pontllanfraith depot. He was regimental number 11825, 16th section, D company of the 6th battalion King George Yorkshire Light Infantry, part of the 14th Light Division. They went to France in 1915. He claimed they were the first of Kitchener’s divisions to go but actually another one beat them by a couple of days. They served in the Ypres salient For over 12 months. The first day in the trenches he wrote an account of where they moved in with another battalion. I think it was the Sherwood Foresters who were teaching them. There was only 25 yards of no man’s land there. The 31st night the Germans exploded a mine under their trench and they had quite a few casualties from that. Some were buried alive from that and my father said he always had a fear of being buried alive.

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