For those who do not believe in miracles, read on – the following story might just change your mind. Tommy Crawford fought in the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and if it were not for a prayer book and a cigarette case he may well have fallen on the battlefield, like so many of his comrades. Corporal Crawford’s son Brian explains what happened “He was very lucky to survive the war as he charged into a German trench, his rifle jammed and a young German bayoneted him in the chest. Fortunately, the bayonet entered his silver cigarette box and then went half way through a prayer book that he carried in the same pocket.” As well as prayers, the book contained handwritten accounts of the war, poems, medals and a King’s shilling, which was given to Cpl Crawford when he joined the 15th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry at the tender age of 18. But the miracle does not stop there “Incredibly, when my father fell injured, he lost his prayer book, but somehow it was found and returned to his sweetheart Amy, who he later married” added Brian. “It’s amazing to think there are over 70,000 names of the missing on the Thiepval memorial, but his little prayer book made its way home.” Now Brian has decided to donate the bayoneted book to the Durham Light Infantry (DLI) Collection in Spennymoor. So who doesn’t believe in miracles now?
December 12, 2016