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Photos of cyclists who scoured coast for German invaders fetch thousands at auction

PUBLISHED: 17:14 21 May 2019 | UPDATED: 17:14 21 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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Remarkable images of a wartime batallion which patrolled the Suffolk coast on their bicycles have sold for thousands at 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

The photos, found in the loft of a London house by its new owners, bring to life the work of the 25th London Cyclists Battalion who monitored the county's shores during the First World War.

They were subsequently assembled into an album by Sgt J F Gerrard, one of those who scoured beaches including Lowestoft and Walberswick for German invaders between 1914 and 1915.

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

On Saturday, May 18, the collection went under hammer at Lockdales auction house in Ipswich having been dubbed "possibly the best original personal photo album we have sold".

Despite being assigned a relatively conservative estimate of £500 to £600, the collection was sold alongside a number of Sgt Gerrard's medals to an internet bidder for a staggering £4200.

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

"This is an incredible price," said Chris Elmy from Lockdales. "The value is in the photograph album and the social history it contains, but even we are surprised by this result."

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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