Harry Varnham was scarred both physically and mentally by his experience of World War One. In this episode of Great War Stories, his family explain why they believe the trauma of war eventually led him to take his own life decades later. Wounded during the Battle of Messines in Belgium, Varnham returned to the front and was seriously wounded again at Le Quesnoy. He was evacuated to London; he was just 19 when his leg was amputated. Back in New Zealand, Varnham married later in life and had two daughters, but he never overcame the mental scars from his time serving in WWI.
Dad got a shell wound to his leg, November 14, during action at Le Quesnoy. Literally, seven days after he was so badly injured at Le Quesnoy, the war ended.– Mary Varnham, daughter of Harry Varnham
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