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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.

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Lt Col CDV Cary-Barnard DSO was originally commissioned into the Wiltshire Regiment but transferred and commanded the 15th Battalion the Hampshire Regiment and between 20th June 1916 and November 1918 he recorded in an Army issue note book (AFB 152) various reports about the Battalion’s actions (intelligence reports, patrol reports) and in particular drafted the citations (and the final award) that he submitted for gallantry awards for members of his Battalion.