Bullet altar cross

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Essential information

Opening times: 
10.00–17.00
Admission: 
Free
Location: 
National Maritime Museum, Second floor, Forgotten Fighters gallery

This unique altar cross acts as a poignant symbol of the First World War.

A French soldier made this from a German bullet and cartridge case. 

A Royal Naval Division chaplain then used it during his duties on the Western Front. We also have a newspaper cutting about the object from the Daily Mirror, 12 December 1916.

This type of object is known as 'trench art'.