WWI soldier's satirical doodles up for auction

A notepad filled with the tongue-in-cheek sketches of a World War I soldier is to be sold at auction as Britain prepares to mark the centenary of the Great War.

The soldier'd doodles are contained in a notebook, discovered in a Derby house. Credit: PA

Discovered in a Derby house, the black ink satirical drawings are dated 1916-18 and are believed to have been created by an unknown Royal Engineer who was stationed in France.

Commenting on the find, Charles Hanson, manager of Hansons Auctioneers in Derbyshire, said: "A hundred years on we can only imagine what was going through the mind of the unknown Royal Engineer."

He added: "It is one man's unique memory, taken at a time when those around him never came home.

One sketch features two figures named Mrs Jones and The Vicar. Credit: PA

The jotter pad will be central to a specialist auction in April, which will celebrate artefacts such as medals, military collectables, and ephemera from the First and Second World War.

The small note pad has a guide price of £50 to £100 and is expected to generate a great deal of interest.