A New Zealand soldier’s Bible – lost and found in the trenches in World War One – will be returned to his homeland this week by the family of the British soldier who found it. On April 12 1918, Herbert Hodgson fell into a shell hole during an attack near Messines in Belgium. There he found a Bible encrusted with mud.
In his memoirs he wrote: “There was no name inside it but the army service number 34816 had been written across the top outer edges of the pages”. He was told by an officer the original owner would be impossible to trace and he should keep it for luck.
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