Telegraph Soldier dies of war wound 63 years on By Daily Telegraph Correspondent 28/04/2007 A soldier who died more than 60 years after he was wounded in the Second World War may be one of the last direct fatalities to result from the conflict. Leslie Croft was injured by shrapnel while fighting alongside the Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment in Italy in 1943. He died aged 86 on Dec 31 from bronchopneumonia and a coroner has ruled that his illness was contracted because of the 63-year-old injury to his bowel. Stanley Hooper, the Rotherham coroner, told the inquest into the old soldier's death: "I would rather speculate that Leslie Croft, with regards to his age, will be one of the last men to die from a wound suffered in World War Two. "Those of us who live in a free country can be grateful for what he and others did in the war." But Mr Hooper said that despite Mr Croft's death being due to the wound, the old verdict of "died while fighting the King's enemies" was no longer available to him. Instead, he recorded a narrative verdict. After the hearing, Mr Croft's son, Steven, explained how his mother, Mary, could be unique in being twice widowed by the Second World War. He said: "My mother met my father when he was sent up to Northumberland to work at a German prisoner of war camp. "She had lost her first husband in the Second World War and we actually have a step-brother from her first marriage. We are wondering whether or not that is some kind of record." Mrs Croft lives in the nursing home in Rawmarsh, near Rotherham, South Yorks, where Mr Croft also lived until he was admitted to hospital just after Christmas. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/04/28/nshrapnel28.xml ...a long fight, valiantly fought.