Army officer’s WWI diary to go under the hammer

Chris Clubley's William Wilson with Arnold Tulley Sanderson's diary and medals.
Chris Clubley's William Wilson with Arnold Tulley Sanderson's diary and medals.

A fascinating diary about a young army officer’s experiences during the First World War will go under the hammer this Saturday in Melbourne.

Estate agents and auctioneers Chris Clubley and Co are hosting an auction at the village hall, and one of the most interesting items on sale will be the diary, which belonged to second lieutenant Arnold Tulley Sanderson, of 4th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment.

The diary covers the whole of 1916 and starts in Flanders in Belgium before moving to the Somme in France.

It contains the poignant to the more mundane aspects of a young officer’s year of war, including the death of a fellow officer, convalescing on the French Riviera, a rudimentary encoding of place-names and the aftermath of High Wood.

With the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One coming up next year, the diary is expected to attract plenty of interest.

Steve Marsdin, from Chris Clubley, said: “Given that he was an officer in the East Yorkshire Regiment and his personal diary is included in the lot, I expect there to be considerable interest, particularly as we approach the centenary of the Great War.”

As well as his diary, Arnold Tulley Sanderson’s trio of First World War medals, World War Two Defence Medal, Royal Observer Corps medal and full miniature bar pin, which are all framed, will also be up for auction.

The guide price for the diary and medals is £300 to £500.