I'm looking for a short story about a soldier who runs into another soldier (on a troop ship during WWII I think).

The soldier tells his comrade a fantastic story of how he was fighting in a Napoleonic War(?) and was struck with an axe in the head. He was treated with some stuff made with honey, among other ingredients.

He became immortal and was tying to recreate the formula.


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This is almost certainly "Whatever Happened to Corporal Cuckoo" by Gerald Kersh.

This story has been asked about many times and answered correctly each time, but apparently no one wants to formally accept an answer on it:

Also asked about in this question SF collection: house slips through 4 dimensions in earthquake, person becomes immortal during Napoleonic wars which was looking for an anthology ID, not a story ID.

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