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"Gas Warfare"

This booklet was the property of Lt Col William Whitesmith Constantine. He was a Battalion Capt at the start of the War and was forwarded for mention in Despatches for action on the 3rd May 1915 at Ypres, where he was among those gassed on the 24th May 1915. He was wounded again, October 1916, and for his conspicuous gallantry at this time was awarded the Military Cross.
The London Gazette of the 14th Nov 1916:- "Though wounded before the attack commenced, he insisted in leading his Company to the final objective, where, though wounded again, he continued with the greatest determination to control his Company. He set a fine example."
He was promoted to Major in January 1917. When he returned to duty is not known, for at some date, presumably after the 4th Battalion was decimated on the Aisne in May 1918, he was transferred to the 9th Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He was again wounded in Sept 1918 and ended the War as Lieut Colonel. He re-joined when the Battalion was re-formed in 1920.
[Contributed by his Grandson, Christopher Constantine, .]
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