No.495 - Griffith John Owen - 28th Battalion AIF
Mr Owen, of East Fremantle, had landed at Gallipoli in September 1915 as a member of the 28th Battalion and later wrote about his miraculous escape."We had only been two hours in the line, where I was placed behind a parapet of sandbags, when suddenly I was staggered by the force of a bullet against my body," he wrote."I recovered quickly and to my surprise did not feel any pain or observed any blood marks."I had been shot all right, for further search revealed to my astonishment that a bullet had penetrated my greatcoat through my equipment and then into my tunic pocket, inside of which I had a wallet containing a Testament, and inside that again a little book, in the centre of which the bullet had lodged."
Griffith John Owen died in 1977, aged 84.
The family has the New Testament with the Turkish Mauser bullet still embedded in it.