Bury man’s appeal for return of late uncle’s WW1 cane

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The owner of a 100 year old walking cane is appealing for its return after he lost it on his way home.

The cane was presented to John Bullen’s uncle in 1914 by his regimental band colleagues and bears a silver band inscribed to F Bullen. It has a black ebonised-wood shaft with a curved bone or ivory handle.

John lost it in Bury St Edmunds between Petrus Wine Bar and his home in College Street. He was seen with it when he left the bar but cannot remember how he arrived home without it.

“It was my fault,” he said. “I inherited it from my father. It is of great sentimental value.”

He is not sure which of two uncles it was presented to. Both were in the Lancashire Fusiliers and are recorded on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.

Frank was a private in the 15th Batallion and died in December 1917 while Frederick was a corporal in the 19th Btn and died the following April.

If you found the cane, call John on 07948 329761.