Unique WWI memoirs for auction

History enthusiasts have the chance to do their bit for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and own a unique piece of World War One history by bidding for the memoirs of a Sheffield soldier.

Describing life in the trenches of the Somme and around the world during the 1914-1918 war, ‘A Tyke in Khaki’ is the memoir of George Mortimer, a soldier from the York and Lancaster Regiment.

The book is one of several items donated to Bluebell Wood, South Yorkshire’s only children’s hospice, by Ted Ring, who helped George to edit the book and more recently received Voluntary Action Rotherham’s Volunteer of the Year award.

‘A Tyke in Khaki’, which is up for auction on the charity’s EBay page, covers George’s time as a sergeant in the trenches on the Somme, his service in Karachi and a 365-mile hike across Persia.

The book fulfils a promise that George made in the trenches of WW1 to keep the Regiment’s name alive, telling the story of his seven years of active service followed by eight years in the reserves.

Sue Brown, Ebay Sales Administrator, Bluebell Wood said: “We’re immensely grateful to Ted for donating this unique piece of history to Bluebell Wood and we’re hoping that people will bid generously. It is one of just two copies in print, and the Regimental Museum in Rotherham will be taking a copy for their records before it goes to the winning bidder.

“All Bluebell Wood items have been donated to help us raise much needed funds. By buying goods on our EBay site, people can make a real difference to the lives of children and families experiencing the toughest of times. We’re asking for bids for George’s book to start at £100. A sum like this could help to pay for a community team member to offer practical and emotional support in a family’s own home.”

People have until Sunday 30th April at 8pm to make a bid. Click here to take a closer look at the book.

If you have any hidden treasures tucked away in your loft, why not call 01909 517360 to donate them, and help the hospice be there for families when they need it most.

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