1920s. The Senghenydd Crate.
A PROUD FAMILY
Several artefacts in the collection relate to Christopher Peacock, a decorated war hero from Abertillery who fought at Dunkirk.
AN EMPTY HEAD
This photograph carries an inscription on the back which says “the boy with a hole in his head”. The image clearly shows Christopher as a young man with a large empty space between his ears.
The crate also contained a small piece of bone material labelled “Peacock – the head chunk”. It appears this cranial fragment fell out of his skull.
Subsequent analysis has suggested that this cranial material may in fact be made of petrified dung. It is not known whether the rest of Mr Peacock’s head was made of the same material.