I was fortunate to be able to purchase these from David Rawkins to ensure they stayed in Whitstable. David collected these in his youth between 1947 and 1953. The collection consists of 40 expended bullets of various calibres (30 lead and 10 with other metal jackets) plus 3 lead bullets which have impacted robustly and 2 lead musket balls.
David spent much of his working life in the merchant fleet locally, mainly with the Crescent Line and on the regular visitors to Whitstable Harbour such as the Resurgence. He has fond memories of bringing over a Christmas Tree each year, a present from the town of Esbjerg in Denmark, which became the focal point of Whitstable’s Christmas in front of St Alphege Church in the High Street.
We will be exploring why these were in the area that David found them in further articles about military actions in Seasalter during WW1 and WW2.
Whitstable Museum have some samples of similar bullets and it is likely that these will be added to their collection should they wish.