A bullet-ridden bible saved the life of a British soldier during World War One when he was attacked by a German machine-gun.
The Soldier served with the Royal Army Medical Corps, was blinded and left with respiratory problems following a gas attack in 1917.
But it could have been so much worse if it wasn’t for a bible he kept at this bed side.
Mr Friston, from Surbiton, Surrey, told his daughter Ena Thompson the book saved his life as it took the brunt of the attack. She still has the bible, which was left with two bullet holes, after her dad brought it home from war.
Mrs Thompson, from Bournemouth, Dorset, said: ‘If the bullets had landed just a few inches further towards him, he would not have survived – and I wouldn’t be here today.
‘He was incredibly lucky and I think he knew this as he kept the bible with him for the rest of his life.’