It was after the battle of Ypres when many wounded were returned to home hospitals where they received numerous solicitous visitors.
One dear old soul went around the wards speaking to each soldier in turn and inquiring of each the nature of his wounds.
‘And where about were you wounded my dear man?’ she asked one soldier.
‘Ypres, ma’am,’ the man replied.
‘Yes, yes, of course,’ said the dear old soul, ‘But where about? That is, in what way?’
‘Oh, I see what you mean,’ the soldier said. Then after a pause he added, ‘Well, ma’am, it’s like this; if you had been wounded where I was wounded, then you wouldn’t have been wounded at all.’
— Arthur E. Wrench, In Lighter Vein, 1976