A Bible chronicles a familys history

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MORE than 110 years after a soldier's Bible first went to war, a young army officer in Afghanistan is the sixth member of his family to carry the sacred heirloom into conflict.

Captain Justin McBurney, 24, keeps the NSW government-issued Soldier's New Testament by his side at the main base at Tarin Kowt.

The small, fragile book - about as big as a cigarette pack - is wrapped in tissue paper, plastic bags and an ammunition pouch, as Capt McBurney goes about keeping a fleet of surveillance aircraft flying around the clock to keep watch over Diggers.

Capt McBurney's great-great uncle, Trooper Alfred Maxwell, who served with the NSW Mounted Rifles in the Boer War in South Africa, was issued with the Bible before he sailed off to war in 1900.

He was wounded near the village of Thaba Nchu. When he returned home, the Bible - which includes beautiful etchings of biblical scenes - was passed to his son, Private Alfred E Maxwell.
http://m.heraldsun.com.au/news/more...sacrifice-in-war/story-e6frf7l6-1226337557523
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