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Shrapnel and button from a fallen comrade (1915)

During the First World War, the Post Office was a key part of the infrastructure carrying messages to and from the front. This small brass jacket button and piece of shrapnel were sent through the post in the accompanying OXO tin by William Cox. The accompanying letter relates how this button was removed from the uniform of a fallen comrade and the shrapnel was collected from a shell that exploded above the office of the letter writer.