Posted 7 months ago
This has to be one of my more interesting sale finds i think.
A note/sketch book, approx 4" by 2" with, what i thought at the time, was shopping lists with some nice sketches in the back, it wasn't until i got it home that i found that it belonged to a British army officer.
The sketches are field sketches, dating from 1894-97, and the shopping lists army notes, which are undated unfortunately.
I've since found out its made of Moroccan leather with gold edged paper and wouldn't have been cheap in its day.
Unfortunately the owner didn't write his name in it.
I've tried researching who it could've belonged to by the dated sketches, a few things about it, the sketches (a lot from South Africa), and the book being in a sale in Norfolk UK) suggest it could've belonged to a William Bodle, though I'm sure they're plenty of others it could also have belonged to. But, he served with the Norfolk and Suffolk regiment during WW1 ( at the grand old age of 60! ), served in the late Boar War and was a founding member of the South Africa police & was back and forth to South Africa a few times,. Also W.Bodle was born and is buried at Alfriston, mentioned in the army notes.
If anyone has any info on William Bodle, I'd appreciate it. Any examples of his handwriting or dates when he travelled and was in South Africa, which might be able to confirm or rule him out.
Unfortunately it may never be known who owned it.