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Great grandfathers shrapnel postcard

Article about: Hello all, Recently my grandfather handed down some items that belonged to my great grandfather Ebenezer Reid who served during World War I. This is a piece of shrapnel that he carved a mess

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    Hello all,

    Recently my grandfather handed down some items that belonged to my great grandfather Ebenezer Reid who served during World War I.

    This is a piece of shrapnel that he carved a message upon, before sending it home to his family. It reads; "BEST WISHES FROM EB, MESSINES 7 -6 -1917.

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    Please let me know what you think! Also, if anyone can figure out what this piece of metal would have been attached to or used for prior to becoming shrapnel I would love to hear those suggestions! It is driving me nuts thinking about what it could be!

    Thanks guys!

    -Joshua
    Last edited by Aus der Traum; 08-14-2011 at 04:22 PM. Reason: Add photos

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    Hi Josh,

    It's the driving band off an artillery shell. Google it for more 'gen.

    Regards, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Hi Ned,

    Thanks for the information on this piece.. How interesting!

    -Joshua

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