OK. This is a strange story that kind of leaves me with nothing to say. I’m not really sure what practical knowledge is gained. I can’t really tell my kids to always keep a rosary on them because there might be a landmine. But the story is really wild nonetheless.
A British soldier was on patrol when his rosary suddenly fell from his neck. He looked down to retrieve it only to discover he was standing on a landmine. His fellow woldiers worked for 45 minutes to disarm the mine but he was saved.
That’s pretty weird right. But now it gets even weirder. Ready? His grandfather was saved in a similar fashion…by a rosary.
The Daily Mail reports:
A soldier who stood on a landmine and was shot in the chest in Afghanistan is convinced a rosary saved his life in exactly the same way as his great-grandfather towards the end of the Second World War.
Glenn Hockton, 19, who is now home from a seven-month tour of duty with the Coldstream Guards in Helmand Province, was on patrol when his rosary suddenly fell from his neck.
His mother Sheri Jones said today: ‘He felt like he had a slap on the back. He bent down to pick up his rosary to see if it was broken. As he bent down he realised he was on a landmine.’
Glenn had to stand there for 45 terrifying minutes while his colleagues successfully managed to get to him.
Mrs Jones, from Tye Green, Essex, said she was physically sick when her son rang to tell her of his ordeal.
His great-grandfather Joseph ‘Sunny’ Truman also credited a rosary with saving his life in a World War II blast that killed six members of his platoon.
He was with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and after being captured towards the end of the war, he and other prisoners were forced to march away from the advancing Allied armies.
Mrs Jones, 41, recalled: ‘He was walking across a field with half a dozen of his platoon. He bent down to pick something up and was the only one to survive a sudden bomb blast. He had picked up a rosary.’
Before Glenn was deployed to Afghanistan, she said he asked for a rosary to take with him.