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Are you sitting on a goldmine? – Antiques Roadshow-style event comes to Hartlepool

One of the gallantry medals awarded to Hartlepool soldier Cpl Arthur Birks in the First World War

One of the gallantry medals awarded to Hartlepool soldier Cpl Arthur Birks in the First World War

PEOPLE could discover they are sitting on a small fortune when an Antiques Roadshow -style event comes to Hartlepool.

Auctioneer Warwick and Warwick is inviting people to take their collectables to be valued free during the event.

It will take place at the Marine Hotel, Seaton Carew, on Wednesday, May 14, in the build up to the centenary of the Geat War’s outbreak.

Warwick and Warwickrecently sold a group of gallantry medals belonging to Hartlepool First World War hero Corporal Arthur Birks for £1,775.

Corporal Birks, of the 94th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry in the field.

It was for his heroic actions at Ronssoy, in France, in September 1918 after keeping cool in battle in the face of heavy enemy fire.

Cpl Birks’s citation read: “Although he lost nine men of his sub-section from shell fire during the work, he displayed great gallantry and coolness, and to his personal efforts was due the successful mounting of the gun under most difficult circumstances, thus ensuring its participation in our attack on 29th September 1918.”

Valuer Paul Murray, from the auctioneer, based in Warwick, said it always has a good response when it visits Hartlepool, adding: “Many people do not realise that they have possessions of value.

“Coin collections and medals are also fetching high prices at present.”

Experts in coins, banknotes, stamps, medals and militaria, postcards and cigarette cards and die cast toys and models will be there from 9am-1pm.

Home visits can be arranged for large collections by calling (01926) 499031.

 

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