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Mr Andrews and the art of ammunition
ENTHUSIAST: Dick Shepherd from Sturminster Newton who has a collection of items made by a Mr Andrews of Marnhull from German First World War bullets, shells, ammo belts and shrapnel
AS THE centenary marking the start of the First World War draws nearer, so people are looking around and finding poignant memorabilia and mementos of that time.
One of the most amazing caches of artefacts we have seen to date is this collection of items created from German 303 bullets, shells, shrapnel and ammunition belts.
They were made by a Mr Andrews from Marnhull who worked as the village bicycle mender and maker. We know very little about him apart from the fact that he was sent to the Western Front as – possibly – part of the 20th Division of the King’s Rifles.
Either while there or once back home in north Dorset, he made beautiful miniature cutlery sets, a brass tank with moving gun turrets, plus several jugs and decorative containers. Many of them are engraved with the names of battles such as Somme, Ypres and Bapaume.
The articles are owned by Dick Shepherd, a collector of Second World War vehicles who lives in Sturminster Newton –and he was wondering whether anyone could shed any light on Mr Andrews.
He said: “He made the stuff himself and it only came to light when his house was bought by a friend of mine who found everything in a box in the attic.
“The things are beautiful, made from old bullets and shells and ammunition belts but I’d like to know more about Mr Andrews.”
His dog tag number was 1564962.
If anyone can help us find out more about this skilled craftsman, please get in touch.
n If you have any First World War photos, documents or memorabilia that you would like to share, please contact us. All items will be copied and returned to their owner.
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