Posted 08 May 2012 - 04:43 PM
Finally found George Coppards account of when he got a boil!
"I developed a nasty boil on the nape of my neck and went to the first-aid post to get it lanced. There was no sticking plaster available and, owing to the awkward position of the boil, I was bandaged around the neck, jaws and forehead. It looked as if my head had been blown off. My afflicted appearance drew attention as I trudged back to the front line. One Tommy , no doubt thinking I was off my rockers as well as badly wounded, laid a restraining hand on my shoulder and said, 'Hey, mate, aren't you going the wrong way?' I had a high temperature and my head was rocking as I made my way back to the front line.
Suddenly I ran into a party of staff officers accompanying Sir Julian Byng, GOC the Third Army, on a tour of inspection. I wondered if I was seeing things. When about to pass by me, the general, noticing my bandaged head, stopped and said, 'Are you wounded?' I replied, 'No Sir'. 'Boils?' queried the general. 'Yes sir,' I said, hoping that he, in an expansive mood, would wave a hand and say, 'Send this boy down to reserve for a couple of days' rest.' I had no such luck. 'Beastly things. I've had them myself,' he said, and with that the general and his entourage moved on..."