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Brothers' poignant wartime photos up for auction

PUBLISHED: 07:30 26 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:46 06 July 2010

A poignant photo album charting the lives of two Lowestoft brothers killed during the First World War is among hundreds of military-related items being put up for auction.

A poignant photo album charting the lives of two Lowestoft brothers killed during the first world war is among hundreds of military-related items being put up for auction.

Soldiers William and Frederick Osbourne lost their lives during the Great War and the collection of photographs, along with the commemorative death plaques given to their grieving family, will go up for sale at the Lowestoft Auction Rooms on June 6.

At least 500 lots of memorabilia, ranging from war medals presented to local servicemen to weapons and uniforms, are expected to fetch thousands of pounds.

Auctioneer Stephen Ardley said a similar sale last year made about £20,000 - double the expected figure.

"Last year turned out to be so successful that we are turning it into an annual event. The response has been very good," added Mr Ardley.

"Prices are holding and getting better. Family history is coming into it as well."

Weapons, including rifles, revolvers and swords are up for sale, with a 1970s Kalashnikov from the Cold War period adding a more modern element. Clothing includes a 1900 Suffolk Regiment Home Service uniform.

Among other lots are a rare Lord Kitchener doll, a model wooden tank made by a German prisoner of war and a vase made out of an old shell.

Books, coins and cigarette cards are among other items for sale. A general auction of stamps will also take place.

Mr Ardley said: "I spent 22 years in the military with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers so I enjoy dealing with military items. It helps to have a sound knowledge and hands-on experience."

The Lowestoft Auction Rooms are based in Pinbush Road on the South Lowestoft Industrial Estate.

Viewing days will be June 4 and 5 before the auction takes place at 10am on June 6.

For information about viewing times and the lots for sale, visit www.lowestoftauctionrooms.com The auction rooms can be contacted on 01502 531532.

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