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Saved by the family photos - Taylors son, William and grandson David with his medals and photograph.<br />
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Saved by pictures of his loving family...<br />
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An amazing tale of a heroes lucky survival through the entire First World War has been uncovered after his family revealed his remarkable tale to a local history group.<br />
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Photos of loved ones that saved a soldier's life by stopping a piece of shrapnel aimed for his heart have come to light - complete with the holes the fragment left behind.<br />
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Private William Taylor kept the nine pictures of his family in his wallet in his breast pocket during the entire four years of World War One.<br />
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In a remarkable quirk of fate he survived a battle which left three quarters of his regiment dead or injured thanks to the stack of photos which took the impact of a shell blast.<br />
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The projectile pierced the outer layer of his leather wallet and perforated eight of the nine photos.<br />
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Luckily, the last picture of his younger sister Lilly stopped the fragment from going any further.