Friday, 4 May 2018

Leighton Buzzard Soldier has a Narrow Escape

Friday Street, Leighton Buzzard c.1925 [WL800/2]

Saturday 4th May 1918: Bombadier J. Pool of Friday Street, Leighton Buzzard has sent home a French Testament as a souvenir of the war. This volume, which is around an inch thick, contains a piece of shrapnel which passed through one cover but not the other. Bombadier Pool was carrying the Testament in his breast pocket at the time it was hit, and he is in no doubt that it saved his life. A handkerchief which was in the same pocket now has four holes where the shrapnel passed through the folded fabric.

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 7th May 1918

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