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Vida Sheppard, her mother Margaret and her Father Walter. <br />
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The miraculous story of an egg which was sent by a schoolgirl to troops fighting in World War One and then returned in one piece has emerged 100 years after the outbreak of the conflict.<br />
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Vida Sheppard was 13 when in 1915, as part of a school project, she posted a hen's egg as a present for squaddies toiling in the trenches of the Western Front.<br />
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Before the delicate gift was sent the youngster scrawled her name and school a message in pen which read: "Health and luck to dear Tommy Atkins, God bless him".<br />
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Several months later she received a package in the post containing a tobacco tin - and inside was her egg, minus the yolk but with extra writing on the shell reading "Returned with thanks".<br />
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The egg was signed by Private E Devall, who had written his address as "somewhere in France".<br />
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The egg, which had been stuffed with cotton wool to prevent it breaking, has remained in Vida's family ever since. <br />
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The amazing tale has been told for the first time in a new book called Antiques Roadshow: World War One in 100 Family Treasuresby Paul Atterbury, an expert on the BBC 1 programme.