Ronald Brown was wounded while serving in the British Army during World War II. He downplayed the whole matter and told his children that he had just a bullet in his leg.
But when Brown recently passed away, crematory workers found six full ounces of metal in his ashes. His daughter was astonished:
"But when we went to scatter his ashes we asked whether the bullet had been found and they gave us this bag full of metal.
"It's just macabre really and amazing because he never used to complain about the pain. It just shows how brave he was."
Mr Brown, of Exeter, joined the East Yorkshire Regiment at the age of 21 and was a quartermaster when he suffered his injury.
He stepped on the booby trap while on manoeuvres in August 1944, two months after D Day.
You can see a photo of the recovered shrapnel at the link.