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32616 .. John Renton 4 years 7 months ago #25119

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Hi everyone, my name is Keith Budden and I'm trying to find information about my Grandfather John Renton 32616 wounded 16th Aug 1901.
We have newspaper cuttings and letters stating he saved an officer, was then captured, but escaped and then made his way back to his troop.

Only info I've found is that his wounds ( fingers shot off) was in remarks as "Self inflicted"

Does anyone know how I can find more information about the incident ie; MEDICAL RECORDS ?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
Cheers Keith.
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32616 .. John Renton 4 years 7 months ago #25122

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Hello

There is a set of papers on findmypast.co.uk.

Any idea what date the rescue, capture and escape occurred?

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32616 .. John Renton 4 years 7 months ago #25123

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Hi thanks for the quick reply.
The rescue/escape was I believe the previous year, but his wounds ie; his fingers being shot off, was according to the records and newspaper reports were 16th Aug 1901 and nothing to do with his capture and escape .. When it says "self inflicted" it would tend to make you think this was done intentionally (A very odd way to earn your discharge) think I might have chosen a leg.
So I'm wondering, did he have an accident with his gun, (self inflicted) which should show in his medical record. So I wondered if these could be accessed.
Or were the stories of escape etc, just stories.

Cheers Keith.

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