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Photos of wartime cycling batallion which patrolled our coast to go under the hammer

PUBLISHED: 09:50 18 May 2019 | UPDATED: 10:37 18 May 2019

Photos of the 25th London Cyclists Battalion which roamed Suffolk’s coast during the First World War are set to go up for auction. Picture: Lockdales

Photos of the 25th London Cyclists Battalion which roamed Suffolk's coast during the First World War are set to go up for auction. Picture: Lockdales

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Extraordinary photos of a cycling batallion which patrolled the coastline during the First World War are set to go up for auction.

Photos of the 25th London Cyclists Battalion which roamed Suffolk’s coast during the First World War are set to go up for auction. Picture: Lockdales
Photos of the 25th London Cyclists Battalion which roamed Suffolk’s coast during the First World War are set to go up for auction. Picture: Lockdales

Found in the loft of a London house by its new owners, the images document the efforts of the 25th London Cyclists Battalion who roamed Suffolk's coast on the lookout for German invaders.

They were assembled into an album by a Sgt J F Gerrard and bring to life his time with the batallion between 1914 and 1915 as they pedalled along beaches including Lowestoft and Walberswick.

Photos of the 25th London Cyclists Battalion which roamed Suffolk’s coast during the First World War are set to go up for auction. Picture: Lockdales
Photos of the 25th London Cyclists Battalion which roamed Suffolk’s coast during the First World War are set to go up for auction. Picture: Lockdales

Alongside a host of medals belonging to Sgt Gerrard, the album is going under the hammer at Lockdales auction house in Ipswich today and is estimated to fetch around £500-£600.

A spokesman for Lockdales said the collection was "possibly the best original personal photo album we have sold".

Photos of the 25th London Cyclists Battalion which roamed Suffolk’s coast during the First World War are set to go up for auction. Picture: Lockdales
Photos of the 25th London Cyclists Battalion which roamed Suffolk’s coast during the First World War are set to go up for auction. Picture: Lockdales

Photos of the 25th London Cyclists Battalion which roamed Suffolk’s coast during the First World War are set to go up for auction. Picture: Lockdales
Photos of the 25th London Cyclists Battalion which roamed Suffolk’s coast during the First World War are set to go up for auction. Picture: Lockdales

Photos of the 25th London Cyclists Battalion which roamed Suffolk’s coast during the First World War are set to go up for auction. Picture: Lockdales
Photos of the 25th London Cyclists Battalion which roamed Suffolk’s coast during the First World War are set to go up for auction. Picture: Lockdales

Photos of the 25th London Cyclists Battalion which roamed Suffolk’s coast during the First World War are set to go up for auction. Picture: Lockdales
Photos of the 25th London Cyclists Battalion which roamed Suffolk’s coast during the First World War are set to go up for auction. Picture: Lockdales

Photos of the 25th London Cyclists Battalion which roamed Suffolk’s coast during the First World War are set to go up for auction. Picture: Lockdales
Photos of the 25th London Cyclists Battalion which roamed Suffolk’s coast during the First World War are set to go up for auction. Picture: Lockdales

Photos of the 25th London Cyclists Battalion which roamed Suffolk’s coast during the First World War are set to go up for auction. Picture: Lockdales
Photos of the 25th London Cyclists Battalion which roamed Suffolk’s coast during the First World War are set to go up for auction. Picture: Lockdales

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