Harrogate Herald - 1st December 1915
Private W Evans, of the 9th Welsh Regiment, who is in the
Heatherdene Hospital, is among the first lot to arrive in Harrogate
this autumn suffering from frostbite. He arrived here a week last
Sunday, and was in the trenches at Loos. He was in the big advance
on that place, and had the painful experience in having his brother
killed before his eyes. His brother, who was only a few yards from
him at the time, was struck by an explosive bullet. The nose of an
explosive bullet on impact opens like the petals of a flower and
inflicts a jagged wound. Sometimes the Germans obtain this effect by
reversing the cartridge in its case and firing the broad end first.
The use of these bullets is against the rules of war, and a short
shrift is given to Germans when found using them. How Evans
came through the Loos fighting is considered little short of a
miracle, as men were falling on both sides of him, yet he came
through without a scratch, only to contract frostbite.