WW1 bible return to family after 94 years

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Nice little human interest story in the Mail, the chap was as obsessed as some arrsers in getting information about a long deceased soldier.

A fallen war hero’s Bible which he had in his breast pocket when he was killed in World War One has been reunited with his family - by a stranger who spent 35 years tracking them down.

Private George Ford, who served in the Sherwood Foresters, was shot dead during the Battle of the Somme in 1918 - aged just 20.

His bloodied uniform and all his belongings, including the Bible, were sent back to his distraught family in Nottingham and placed in an attic for safe keeping.

The black leather-bound book stayed in the box gathering dust for 59 years until it was discovered by builder Ken Greensitt who found it while renovating the home in 1977.

Mr Greensitt, 40, decided to give the Bible - which contains an inscription on the inside cover urging the brave solider to 'put his faith in God' - to his nine-year-old son Allan.

Allan kept the Bible safe and when he was an adult vowed to track down Pte Ford’s relatives and return it to them.

Over the next 35 years Allan, using birth, marriage and death certificates, painstakingly built up Pte Ford’s family tree and even contacted the Sherwood Foresters for help.

But his biggest breakthrough came after he scoured the 1911 census when it became available last year.
After Pte Ford , who served in the Sherwood Foresters, was shot dead, his bloodied uniform and all his belongings were sent back to his distraught family in Nottingham and placed in an attic for safe keeping

After Pte Ford, who served in the Sherwood Foresters, was shot dead, his bloodied uniform and all his belongings - including the Bible - were sent back to his distraught family in Nottingham and placed in an attic for safe keeping

The black leather-bound book stayed in the box gathering dust for 59 years until it was discovered by builder Ken Greensitt who found it while renovating the home in 1977

The black leather-bound book stayed in the box gathering dust for 59 years until it was discovered by builder Ken Greensitt who found it while renovating the home in 1977

Incredibly, Allan managed to find an address for Pte Ford’s deceased sister’s sons George and Larry Hanes, now 83 and 76, who lived in Arnold, Nottinghamshire.

Read more: Bible that was in soldier's pocket when he was killed during WWI is returned to his family after stranger tracks them down | Mail Online
 

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