Friday, 5 April 2013

Life saved by smoking!

My grandfather had a very lucky escape when a metal cigarette case deflected a bullet destined for his heart, into his arm. The cigarette case is still a treasured family heirloom.

A similar story was printed on a postcard produced by G.A. Wiles, a Hove photographer. 

"This testament saved the life of Pte. W. Hacket 1st Wor Regt at Armentieres. Aug 20 1915 - now in 2nd Gen Eastern Hospital Dyke Rd Brighton. Bullet passing through outer cover and all the leaves and stopped at the last page."

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