The Lost Lancer

A real curiosity this week: four pieces of lead, or grape shot, on an iron wire with a parchment label. Under UV light, we can just make out the details.

It seems to refer to a soldier named John Sheel, who was a member of the 1st Lancers regiment. The text indicates that he was taken as a prisoner of war at a place called “Thingvalla de Campagny” on December 2, 1870. This date and context likely refer to an event during the Franco-Prussian War, which included the Siege of Paris in 1870-1871. The term “Thingvalla” does not correspond to any known location in France, and it might be a misspelling or a historical name that is no longer in use.