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Metal amulet in the shape of a soldier, United Kingdom, 1914-1918

Amulets were, and are, worn by a wide variety of people across the world as lucky charms or as protection against illness or disaster. This amulet was worn by a private in the Middlesex Regiment in the British army during the First World War.

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    Glossary: protection

    The act or instance of warding off a threat, or preserves somone or something from injury or harm.

    Glossary: amulet

    Small object or piece of jewellery worn as a protecting charm to ward off ill health and bad luck.