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Healy, the false death


Cecil Healy is still in le Havre when he learns his own death. Two newspapers, one French and the other British, mistakenly announced his death during the battle of Messines.The english newspaper the "London sportsman" will justify itself later assuring that a soldier under the name of Healy has been really injured and evacuated during the battle of Messines on October 1917, but that was obviously not Cecil Healy, rather than worrying about, reassured relatives and corrected the information in noting that he really enjoyed himself when learning his death in the newspaper. Healy is not an isolated case. Number of soldiers were announced dead by mistake during this conflict.

Source :

Newspaper : The Daily News,
Mercredi 24 Octobre 1917.

By Bertrand FARENEAU,
D├ęc.2013

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Sommaire du dossier Cecil Healy...

Cecil Healy before the war

Preface by David WILSON

Who was really Cecil Healy ?

Cecil Healy and the Crawl Stroke

Cecil Healy at the Olympic Games

Cecil Healy, the lifesaver

Cecil Healy, the brave

The Soldier

From the pool to the battlefield

Healy came in France

The school officer

The False Death

The Drama

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