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Cigarette case saves life

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posted on 2024-06-05, 19:15 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

Arthur was stationed in Italy where he was shot but was saved as the cigarette case he kept in his jacket pocket deflected the bullet. This saved his life. Arthur would then always carry the cigarette case with him.

This was the only WW2 memory he would ever talk about.

Arthur's Daughter brought in her Father's collection of medals, pin badges, documents and photos.


Item list and details

KOYLI badge and medals. Various documents relating to Father

Person the story/items relate to

Arthur Elston Lenthall

Person who shared the story/items

Christine Lenthall

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

He was contributor's Father

Type of submission

Shared at Danum Gallery, Library & Museum, Doncaster on 4 November 2023.

Record ID

97402 | DON005