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Borderer's diary fetches 30,000
War diaries
The diaries sold for 30,000 at auction in London
The war diaries of a member of the King's Own Scottish Borders have been sold for 30,000 to a mystery buyer.

Peter White's collection of drawings and notes was put together on the battlefields of World War II - a practice prohibited at the time.

A spokesman for auctioneer's Christie's said the material in the diaries was "very, very moving".

Among the items contained in the collection was a camera confiscated from a German prisoner of war.

According to Thomas Venning of Christie's it was the kind of collection rarely seen.

I think we would have loved to have bid for them but it is slightly beyond our budget
Lt Col Colin Hogg

"It has got that unique combination of words and pictures," he said.

"It is really powerful and sometimes the combination of description and pictures are very, very moving.

"It's a real one-off."

KOSB regimental secretary Lt Col Colin Hogg admitted that the price tag was beyond their means.

"I think we would have loved to have bid for them but it is slightly beyond our budget," he said.

"I just hope that they might be brought back to Scotland."

The regimental headquarters do hold a copy of the manuscript as well as his posthumously published book "With the Jocks".

The original material which went under the hammer, however, was owned by a Dorset man whose brother was in Mr White's regiment during the war.




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