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Albert George Gray
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To my grandfather whose life was defined by his service in WW1. He was rescued from the battlefield close to death from wounds including a bullet that entered the side of his head, went through the back of his tongue and exited his jaw. He spent the next 20 years being operated on in England and Dunedin as one of the first recipients of plastic surgery. His injuries and disfigurement meant that he was unable to work and he received a war pension for the rest of his life. He always said lying about his age was the stupidest thing he ever did and war was a terrible thing. In spite of what life dealt him he was never bitter but a patient, kind man who was much loved.

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