Bible with bullet hole

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(First World War)

This bible was carried by Lieutenant JB Coates who was commissioned into The Queen's Royal Regiment in November 1914 and joined the 2nd Battalion in January 1915 with whom he served in France and Italy. He was wounded twice and was awarded the Military Cross in 1917 and it was while he was serving in the trenches in Flanders that he was shot by a sniper and the bullet travelled through the bible before wounding him but probably saved his life.

Later Coates became Colonel JB Coates CBE MC and commanded 1st Battalion The Queen's Royal (West Surrey) Regiment from July 1938 to September 1940.

Sadly the bible was destroyed in the Clandon House fire in April 2015.