Soldier’s 103-year-old chocolate found

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Image caption Cadbury made the chocolate pubs and Barringer Wallis & Ways, from Nottinghamshire, created the container

Nine 103-year-old chocolate bars were discovered in a tin that hailed from a World War One hero.

It was found among an amount of items belonging to Leicestershire Regiment jewellry Richard Bullimore.

Troops serving in France throughout the first Christmas of the war received the Colonies Gift Tins, produced in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

Just one of the 10 bars have been eaten and the tin is being bought at an antiques auction on Wednesday.

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Picture caption Cpl Richard Bullimore joined Leicestershire Police after their service with the regiment

Paul Cooper, associated with Scunthorpe-based auctioneers Eddisons CJM, mentioned: “Even the tin is uncommon but to find the chocolate still within is just unreal.

“Richard also received a Princess Jane tobacco gift box containing smokes, tobacco and matches and almost all the contents of that are still there as well. Just three cigarettes are lacking. ”

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Picture caption The cigarettes is going to be sold along with the chocolate

The entire collection, which includes chocolate, cigarettes, medals, citations, characters and other material, is to be sold like a single lot and is expected to create more than £ 2, 000.

Cpl Bullimore was granted a number of medals for his company, including the Distinguished Conduct Medal pertaining to conspicuous gallantry during a clash within no man’s land in the Ypres Salient in July 1915.

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By then he or she was a corporal and led the particular night-time reconnaissance patrol of 5 men.

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Picture caption The entire Bullimore selection is expected to make more than £ 2, 000

Despite being outnumbered simply by more than three to one, his patrol attacked with grenades, causing several enemy casualties.

They will later withdrew and Cpl Bullimore carried one of his own wounded males back to the trenches.

In October 1916, he has been awarded the Meritorious Service Honor, by then he was home due to shrapnel head wounds.

He recovered and in 1919 joined Leicestershire Police, where he flower to the rank of superintendent. He or she died in January 1967.

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