Famous Last Words · France

FLW: put that cigarette out

Famous Last Words
Hector Hugh Munro
Beaumont-Hamel, France
November 14, 1916

“Put that damned cigarette out!”
(Alternatively “Put that bloody cigarette out!”)

Munro, whose pen-name was Saki, was a homosexual author at a time when it was illegal in Britain to be gay. At 43, over the age to enlist, he nevertheless joined the military during World War I, insisting on becoming an ordinary trooper rather than an officer. He returned to battle more than once before recovering from illness or injury. While seeking shelter in a shell crater, he was shot and killed by a German sniper.

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