WWI shrapnel from my grandfather's head

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WWI shrapnel from my grandfather's head

This piece of phosphor bronze shrapnel is now a clapper in the bell (of unknown origin) in the picture. Albert Walter was invalided from the Battle of the Somme in June 1916 with this shrapnel embedded in his head. He had two dents either side of his forehead (one large and one smaller)and epilepsy for the rest of his life. The bell was beside his bed during his recovery.He volunteered in 1916 so had been at the front a very short time.Sadly he never talked of his experiences, and was often discouraged when he broached the subject. This reluctance to talk means that this jagged pice of metal is the only directlink I have with the war to end all wars. My mother was a 6 month old baby when he returned shattered from the front and is still alive at 94.She does not remember the staightened times they must have had,trying to survive while he recovered. He did so and died aged 81 in 1972 having had a secure career as a London City gent. returning every evening on the same train to Catford wearing his smart felt hat, his watch chain in his waistcoat.

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I am told it was German

Culture
Period

1916.German shell -Somme.-Bell unknown??

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0.5cm
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2cm
D:
0.5cm
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