Captain Justin McBurney, 24, keeps the NSW government-issued Soldier's New Testament by his side at the main base at Tarin Kowt.

Soldier takes 110 year-old Bible ‘heirloom’ into battle

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It’s ANZAC Day in Australia – a day that commemorates the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

It is also an opportunity for the nation to remember those who have fought and lost their lives in major conflicts around the world.

For many ANZACs, carrying a Bible into battle has been vital to their spiritual well-being.

The Bible in the above video was first taken into war by an Australian who fought in the South African Boer war at the turn of the 20th Century.

In keeping with his family’s tradition, Afghanistan-based Captain Justin McBurney, 24, is the fifth generation of his family to take the very same Soldier’s New Testament into the battle zone.