First World War bullet

Contributed by BBC Guernsey Candie Museum Outside Broadcast

Click image 2 below to hear the Radio 4 interview about this object

Image 1 of 2

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.

Comments are closed for this object

Most of the content on A History of the World is created by the contributors, who are the museums and members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC or the British Museum. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site’s House Rules please Flag This Object.

About this object

Click a button to explore other objects in the timeline




View more objects from people in Guernsey.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.