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Bullet found in veteran's neck
Robert Kincaid was shocked by the discovery
Robert Kincaid was shocked by the discovery

A World War II veteran who was fired at more than 60 years ago has just discovered from a routine X-ray that he has a bullet lodged in his neck.

Robert Kincaid, from Gourock in Scotland, was amazed to hear the news when he underwent the procedure at Inverclyde Royal Hospital.

The 84-year-old had the check-up after falling in the street.

There was plenty around me dying and I wasn't, so they didn't investigate me too much. I always assumed it (the bullet) had gone in and came out again.
Robert Kincaid
In June 1940, the then 21-year-old Mr Kincaid was shot at when his company of the 7th Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was part of the rearguard defending British troops during the evacuation at Dunkirk.

He was aware he had been fired at, but because two holes had been left after the shooting he had always assumed the bullet went in and came out again.

Mr Kincaid told BBC News Online Scotland: "I was seen by a French doctor at the time in what was basically a cottage hospital.

Pain in the neck

"There was plenty around me dying and I wasn't, so they didn't investigate me too much.

"I always assumed it had gone in and came out again.

"It was quite shocking to be told I had had a bullet in me for almost 63 years.

"I asked if I needed to have it removed and I was told I didn't, so it continues to be in my neck. It certainly doesn't bother me, and it isn't a pain in the neck."

Widower Mr Kincaid is now recovering from his fall.





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