As family heirlooms go, Lillian Garland has a couple that are hard to beat.
The 95-year-old from Mill Road, Worthing, is the owner of a brass plate and paper knife that were made by her father while he was in the trenches during the Battle of the Somme.
Sydney Charles Roberts fought in the First World War in the 7th Division.
Lillian said that she remembers her father telling her stories about the war: “When I was young he talked about the war very much.
“He was down in the east trenches, and they had a signal to get out and go over the top of the trenches, but one by one they all fell. He said they thought they were just falling over but they were actually being shot.
“He lost most of the men in his regiment in that way.”
Sydney survived the trenches, and went on to fight in the Second World War.
He gave the knife and plate to his daughter, and she in turn gave them to her son David.
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