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    Posted: 25 Mar 2015 at 15:11
Turkish professor and Australian family close circle on 20-year story of WWI soldier's flask 

Twenty years ago, in a small shop between Çanakkale (Gallipoli) and Istanbul, Turkish mathematician and amateur historian Haluk Oral, became captivated by a pewter flask. He purchased the slightly battered and engraved bottle for $200 and put it aside. 

As the internet developed through the 1990s, so did Professor Oral's mastery of Google, opening portals to data bases around the world. He soon identified the owner of the flask as Australian Light Horseman Lieutenant Burdett Philip Nettleton of Sydney who had been killed at Pope's Hill on August 7, 1915. The soldier's body was never recovered and Lieutenant Nettleton's devastated family was left to mourn the loss of their "blue-eyed, golden boy". But following publication of the flask's story in Turkey, Professor Oral unwittingly stumbled upon another chapter to this extraordinary tale. 

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