The youngest WW1 victim

#3
Mag_to_grid said:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/the-26yearold-victim-of-the-first-world-war-1824135.html

Interesting. Apologies if done before.
I'm going to bill you for the 5 minutes of my life I wasted reading that.
 
#7
It was an interesting read about the legacy we still live with in europe from the world wars, and it is a shame that someone so young could be hurt after so many years.
 
#8
If I drop a cannonball on my foot while visiting the Imperial war museum could I be classed as the youngest victim of the Napoleonic war?
 
#9
Yawn.
Farmers in France and Belgium are still plowing up rusty shells from WW I bombardments. The EOD blokes gather up this iron harvest and blow it up (except for the gas shells). This has been going on for 90 years now and I don't think it's going to end anytime soon. Too bad about the kid but it's a non-story. I reckon the journo was too lazy to write something new.
 
#10
Some Belgian organ bank had an accident. So what? I suspect that Ms Roël may be the Belgian equivalent of this

stacker1 said:
If I drop a cannonball on my foot while visiting the Imperial war museum could I be classed as the youngest victim of the Napoleonic war?
Yes and I hope you would get compensation. For the trauma and shit.
 
#12
stacker1:
If I drop a cannonball on my foot while visiting the Imperial war museum could I be classed as the youngest victim of the Napoleonic war?

No. The Imperial War Museum only covers WW1 onwards.

I'll get my coat...
 
#13
What exactly is the problem we seem to have with this unfortunate young woman? It isn't as if she is being regarded exactly the same as a soldier of the war, merely as a victim of it - albeit seventy-odd years on!

She was injured by a piece of WW1 munitions - which litter northern France and Belgium - 1 in 4 fired/launched was apparently a dud. Each year a number of serving and ex-British EOD specialists attempt to assist with this state and some have paid the ultimate price.

She became addicted to her medication, which is a shame but she was no doubt as rock as us! She's a dope-fiend but then again she is also keen to make a career - so something will have to give there. She is an interesting foot-note to history, I especially like the bureaucratic nicety that she is accounted for as a mutiles de la Grande Guerre. I sense some Belgian bureaucrats might have created a job protection scheme in the veterans agency!
 

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