Touching hand written note from a WW1 soldier

A hand written note which told how a sniper almost claimed the life of a WW1 soldier will form part of an intriguing auction lot set to go under the hammer at Wombells near York next week.

The note was discovered in a Princess Mary gift tin, which contained the original pencil and gift card together with a Durham Light Infantry cap badge and sweetheart badge, with bullet heads and other memorabilia.

Matt Harris, auctioneer and valuer, said: “What made this lot stand out for us is the handwritten note that came with it.

It said: “...Bullet sent by German sniper into Harlod’s thigh at the 2nd Battle of Ypres... Stripe for wound gassing”

“We thought it was a little macabre and maybe a little incredible that you should want to keep the bullet that got you - but on the other hand we can’t see that it isn’t true, and the vendor didn’t have any thought of a question about this little snippet of family history.”

Mr Harris said: “Also in the same sale, we’ve had three 1920s / 1930s architects watercolour prospect views of proposed York buildings/ alterations.

“The earliest is a prospect view of The York Wine and Spirit Co Ltd shop which I believe was located in St Helen Square - a view I assume of a new shop frontage. It is signed S D Bowman 1922.

“The other two are by Needham and Sons Architects, York and both from the mid-1930s. The first is of the “Knavesmire Hotel - Southbank” which is still on the Albemarle Road as “The Knavesmire”. The second is of a proposed hotel at 3 Duncombe Place, York - right down from the Minster. Its a hotel that the vendor believes was built, but then demolished again - we can’t find any record of it however & would like to know more.”