Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 0°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Martlesham: 99-year-old biscuits from the First World War fetch nearly six times guide price under auction

17:30 19 June 2014

Chris Elmy of Lockdales with the First World War biscuits

Chris Elmy of Lockdales with the First World War biscuits

After nearly a century in storage and time spent in a First World War trench, they are unlikely to inspire many appetites.

shares
One of the biscuits sold at LockdalesOne of the biscuits sold at Lockdales

But despite their culinary deficiencies, two biscuits that survived the Great War have sold at auction for more than £340 - almost six times their guide price.

The wartime snacks went under the hammer at Lockdales auctioneers in Martlesham yesterday with a starting price of just £60. But after 10 collectors, from as far and wide as France and America, made bids for the unusual wartime memorabilia they went on to fetch £342.

A woman from England made the winning bid.James Sadler, auction manager said: “We are delighted to have had so many bidders - it was quite remarkable what the biscuits went for.”

Their original owner, was an LB Charles, who fought in the ill-fated battles of Gallipoli and the Dardanelles and returned to the UK with the biscuits.

It is believed the soldier in question was Lieutenant Lionel Bruce Charles of the 5th Battalion, The Queens Regiment, who is said to have lived for a time at Wroxham House, Norwich.

The biscuits, each marked with a label reading “Biscuits used by troops in Sulva Bay”, had been preserved for the past 99 years.

shares
30mph sign in Brantham on A137

A man in his 80s has died following a crash on the A137 in Brantham last night.

St Elizabeth Hospice launch of a brand new challenge to win your wedding at Glemham Hall

Couples waiting to tie the knot can enter a competition run by St Elizabeth Hospice to have their big day all paid for.

Police cordon in St Botolph's Street, Colchester, February 14 2016. Picture: @Disco_77

A man is in a critical but stable condition this morning after a fight in the early hours of the morning.

Firefighters tackle the blaze at Upper Abbey Farm near Leiston in 2009.

Rare original details of a historic listed farmhouse have been uncovered during refurbishment following a devastating blaze.

East Anglian Air Ambulance. Library image.

Emergency services were sent to a serious two-car crash in Ipswich last night.

Two images showing a burnt-out kitchen caused by a fridge-freezer fire in a Frinton flat. Pictures: ECFRS

A kitchen in a flat above a bakery has been destroyed after a blaze this morning, believed to have been sparked by a faulty fridge-freezer.

An Abellio Greater Anglia train at Colchester. Library image.

Late running engineering works are causing residual delays to rail services in Suffolk and Essex this morning.

Most read

Fred Olsen Travel Sale

cover

Click here to view
the Fred Olsen
Travel Sale

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24