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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 69

Bullets in Living Men

Bullets in Living Men.

A good deal has been said and written concerning men carrying bullets about in their bodies for years. We had two instances among our Aden detachment.

A sergeant (Lewis) who had been in the service of the Queen of Spain under Sir De Lacy Evans in 1835, received a bullet in the body, recovered from his wound, and after his return to England he entered our army, and went with the "Die Hards" to the Crimea. Then he went to Aden with us, and either in 1858 or 1859—I think the latter year—the bullet had worked down to the bottom of his foot, and a slight nick of the skin caused it to drop out. Lewis had been walking lame for years, and more so as the bullet got nearer the foot.

The other case was a Richard Hughes, who had his head in a bullet's way at Inkermann, and carried it till we were in Aden. We all knew there was something wrong about his nasal organ, not only from the tone of his voice, but from the constant little efforts to blow something out—something not usually expected. So one day out came this something in the shape of a Russian bullet, much to poor Hughes's relief. Hughes died soon after this—not through losing the bullet. Other causes could be traced, which cut off a real good soldier, and one of the most willing, energetic men I ever met. He had a stripe or two several times; but he was rather too fond of his drop ever to expect to go up to the three.