Wartime items sold at Newcastle auction

Keepsakes of North East men who served in both world wars have been sold at auction in Newcastle

One of the wartime keepsakes of George Rowell
One of the wartime keepsakes of George Rowell

Keepsakes of North East men who served in both world wars have been sold at auction.

George Rowell was a member of the wireless detachment of the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War.

His collection of photographs, coupon books, miniature medals, and manuals sold for £170 at the Anderson & Garland auction in Newcastle.

Mr Rowell, who was 98 when he died, lived in the same house in Seaton Sluice in Northumberland for 50 years.

Second World War keepsake of Major Joseph Brown
Second World War keepsake of Major Joseph Brown
 

His nephew, Alan Rowell who lives in North Shields, said his uncle had worked as a dole clerk in Jarrow at the time of the 1936 march to London and later worked in Bedlington in Northumberland.

His miniature medals replaced his original collection which had been stolen when his house was burgled.

“He walked with a limp and my aunt said that was because he had fallen out of an aircraft,” said Mr Rowell.

A collection compiled by Joseph Brown, who served as a major in the Second World War, also sold for £170.

Major Brown worked as a police officer in Newcastle.

He accepted the surrender of towns and villages in Germany, helped run a prison, and played a key role in government of two districts of Berlin after the war.

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