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Dorset Regt trench map for Authuille wood still has the Somme mud on it.<br />
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Last Post - Lucky soldiers bugle stopped German bullet with his name on it.<br />
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The incredible story of how a British soldier's life was saved when an enemy bullet lodged in his bugle on the WW1 battlefields has come to light 100 years on after the instrument was discovered in a store cupboard.<br />
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Drummer William Starn was part of the ill-fated 1st Battalion Dorset Regiment that suffered heavy losses on the Western Front under attack from German machine gun fire in 1916.<br />
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Almost 70 soldiers were killed in one day when they were cut down in a hail of bullets before they had even reached the front line in northern France. <br />
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Drummer Starn was wounded in the onslaught - but amazingly he survived when a round hit his bugle and stopped, almost certainly saving him from death.