A LUCKY penny that saved a World War One soldier’s life by deflecting a German bullet is being sold 101 years on.
Private John Trickett kept the coin in his breast pocket on the Western Front.
He was still badly injured as the bullet went up through his nose and ear, leaving John deaf and disabled for the rest of his life.
Born in Lincolnshire, John later lived in South Yorkshire and died in 1962 aged 63.
The penny, unearthed by his granddaughter, will be auctioned with his war medals this month in Etwall, Derbys.
Adrian Stevenson, militaria expert at Hanson’s, said: “The penny is a poignant reminder of the fine line between life and death, particularly in wartime.
“Soldiers used to keep objects in their breast pockets in an attempt to protect themselves from enemy fire and explosions. Shrapnel was the biggest killer in wartime.
“It’s likely John Trickett kept the penny there on purpose.”
The penny and other war-related items are expected to sell for £50 on Friday 22 March.