Silver Pocket Watch Stops a Bullet in WW1

A silver pocket watch which saved a life.

Silver Pocket Watch with bullet impact
Silver Pocket Watch with bullet impact

I recently came across the story of Corporal Walter Davis and the Silver Pocket Watch that saved his life in WW1. The tale is almost interesting one, it was also a story little know to his family, who unearthed the tale after his death, reading it outlined in his diary of the time.

Deflecting the bullet from his heart the case clearing shows the impact. His diary does not give the exact date or location, except that it occurred when they were under heavy fire.  ‘My thoughts are that I shall never see England again. One of these days I shall get it, but I am more used to it now and I don’t care what comes.  ‘If I am to die here, I shall, and if not here then somewhere else, for they are all going a few at a time.’  Pictured here later in life Cpl Davies was certainly a lucky man to have a bullet deflected from his heart by a treasured watch. Keeping his experiences alive his Granddaughter Louise, 23, has now turned the Cpl Davis’s (left) diary entries into a book.

Cpl Davis Silver Pocket watch Owner
Cpl. Davis

 

The Silver Pocket Watch and German Bullet Image
The Silver Pocket Watch and German Bullet Image

A truly fascinating tale, one I will remember. The twists of fate, luck, call it whatever you wish, Cpl. Davis, his family and descendants all owe a great deal to the simple event of putting his pocket watch into his pocket that day.