An enquiry has heard that a young soldier marching under orders from the Grand Old Duke of York died from heat exhaustion.
21-year-old Private Seymour Parts collapsed when his unit was about half way up the hill. His fellow Private described the scene to the enquiry panel:
“We’d been ordered by the Grand Old Duke of York to march to the top of the hill in 31-degree heat” the Private continued, “Seymour started to flounder when we were about half way up the hill. I can’t say exactly where we were when he collapsed and died but we were neither up nor down.”
The enquiry has raised questions about the necessity of the march, given that as soon as they arrived at the top of the hill, they were immediately marched back down again.
There have been questions too about the Grand Old Duke of York’s judgement to march ten thousand soldiers up a hill on the hottest day of the year so far. The enquiry continues.