'Lest We Forget'

Fieldings Militaria and Medals department need you !!


Our 'Mantiques' auction which will take place on 12th and 13th November, consigned to this eclectic auction is a wonderous collection of objects with a wealth of history.

One lot that has caught the attention of the department, is a collection of items to relating to a young man who served in the First World War.

The collection includes a death plaque, a First World War trio medal group, photographs and a series of heart-breaking letters written by the young 21-year-old man named Sam B. Atherton.  The letters are all addressed to his mother and father, and he talks about the perils of serving with the Manchester Regiment Machine Gun Corps during 1915-1917.  All were sent whilst serving for 18 months in the trenches in France. The letters are an overwhelming insight in to the life of a young man serving during the first World War.

Before enlisting Sam lived at 64 Hampton Road, Bolton and he worked at the Card Room, Arrow Mill, Castleton, Greater Manchester.  Sadly, Sam died between 10th-12th January in 1917.  

This collection of letters we found locally in a storage unit in Wolverhampton and have no connection to Sam's family.  Items such as this hold such historically importance in the fact that they give a different perspective of life during this time.  We have so much information about this young man, his thoughts, feelings and even the address he resided in and where he worked.

Could Sam be a distant relative of yours? Do you know any of his ancestors? We would love to try and reunite these items with any of his distant relatives.


If you have any information, please contact Rachel and help us to get these items back to where they belong.


Please note these items will be entered in to auction on 12th and 13th November, any sales fees generated will be donated to Help For Hereos.


Posted on 23 September 2020 in: Auction life

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