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the identity of this soldier isn’t confirmed, but some sources say that the soldier in the photo is Private robert lindsay rogers of the 25th battalion, canadian expeditionary force.
he was hit in the neck by a german sniper, and miraculously survived, but couldn’t be evacuated until nightfall, so he laid in the trenches until then, so this picture might be him in disbelief that he’s still alive .
he was evacuated to hospital in britain where he recovered and returned to the front , he was killed on the 16 of august 1917 in a charge against german positions during the battle of hill 70. body was never found, so his name is on the vimy mermorial in calais, france, along with 11,000 other canadian soldiers.
There is no ‘proof’ he was shellshocked in that picture. Shocked, tired and stressed, but shellshock is a different beast altogether.
The eyes shining? Trick of the light.
The seeming manic grin? people were not used at all at having their picture taken then, so he might have been very well "oh, photographer.. SMILE".
Is he? It can be just smiling and obviously stressed and exhausted I imagen…