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Chelsea bun sent to soldier 100 years ago in World War One found in perfect condition

As war mementoes go, this one is certainly not to be scoffed at…

A Chelsea bun sent to a soldier at the Somme 100 years ago has been found in perfect shape.

It had been posted to Private Alex Hodges by his sister Lily Poston but never reached him as he was injured by a shell and sent to a London hospital to recover.

The uncooked bun, made by the soldier’s favourite baker, was returned to Lily and she kept it in a box for decades.

It was recently found by his daughter Hazel Hodges, 84, of Leominster, Herefordshire.

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The Chelsea bun was sent to Private Alex Hodges, but never reached him

She said: “Lily knew my father was extremely fond of Chelsea buns from Mrs Pewtree’s bakery in the town so she put one in a care parcel and sent it to the front.

But my father had moved on by the time it arrived and so it came back to her address in the same little brown box.

“She kept it on the sideboard in her house until her death. I inherited the box but never knew what was in it. I opened it out of curiosity and found the bun inside.

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The bun has recently been found by Alex's daughter

“It was stale but other than that is was in excellent ­condition. It brought back all the memories of my father.”

Alex, who fought with the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry during the First World War , was invalided out of the Army after being badly wounded in the shell blast. He died in ­Leominster in 1979.

But Hazel said the bun, which she has donated to the town’s museum, serves as a permanent reminder of her dad.

She added: “It ­obviously means a lot to me because it was intended for my father, who adored Chelsea buns.”


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