Diverse Symptoms and Unclear Treatment
In the trenches, “shell shock” could take different forms, from tremors, confusion, or nightmares to sight and hearing difficulty, or paralysis. Many soldiers experienced mild symptoms such as headaches or insomnia, but chose not to report them for various reasons, including the fear of being seen as cowardly.
Private Eric Bradford
From Black’s Harbour New Brunswick, Bradford served with the 26th Battalion. One of four brothers to serve with the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), he was wounded at the Battle of Hill 70 in 1917. He experienced flashbacks, nightmares and other “shell shock” symptoms from the head injury he sustained, and died from his wounds on May 24, 1919.