First World War bullet

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In the 1930's, a Mr Reg Collins underwent surgery to have a bullet removed from him. It had been lodged in his spine since the First World War.

His niece Molly Bihet brought the bullet to BBC Guernsey's A History of the World event and told us how her uncle Reg had walked with great difficulty while the bullet remained lodged inside him. Eventually it was removed while he visited a hospital in Roehampton. He died in occupied Guernsey in 1942 as a result of gangerine.

A large number of men from Guernsey were trained and sent to fight in France and Flanders during the First World War. Most fought in the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry, which suffered heavy losses, notably at Cambrai.

Molly was a young child when her uncle died during the Second World War and her reminiscences of life under German occupation have been published in Guernsey in recent years.

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