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I have recently found some trench maps which belonged to my great uncle who served in the Scots Guards in WW1. They are of the Ypres area, Westroosebeke and France. Are they of any great value?

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This would actually be a great question for Dave (Croonaert).

Hinge do you have a scanner, and possibly add a couple of images to the post?

Andy

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What are the details of the maps Hinge? (titles, editions, dates, scale etc.)

Dave.

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What are the details of the maps Hinge? (titles, editions, dates, scale etc.)

Dave.

The first one, Westroosebeke has the following details on the cover:

20.SE.3 Edition 2, A Scale 1:10,000

The Belgium one carries the words:

Belgium, sheet 28 NW edition 6 A scale, 1:20,000

The third is of France and has grids marked upon it from A to Z.

It does not carry the same details as the other two on its cover.

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The first one, Westroosebeke has the following details on the cover:

20.SE.3 Edition 2, A Scale 1:10,000

The Belgium one carries the words:

Belgium, sheet 28 NW edition 6 A scale, 1:20,000

The third is of France and has grids marked upon it from A to Z.

It does not carry the same details as the other two on its cover.

Well there's nothing particularly rare there to be honest.

20.SE.3 (dated 6/7/17) probably values at approx £75 (later editions are more desireable)

28 NW (dated 30/6/17) is the "standard" pre-3rd Ypres 1:20,000 map for that area and, though commonly encountered, is quite collectable nonetheless. Probably values at approx £85 - £100.

The third map sounds like a 1:40,000 map or even a 1:100,000 scale map . Which part of France does it cover? Dependant on area and scale, I'd value this at anywhere between £10 and £25.

Hope this helps,

Dave.

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Thanks Dave - very interesting. The French map is a different size and shape to the others, without the Trench Map title on the cover. The scale is indeed 1:40,000. It is edition 1 sheet 62 and is dated December 1917. The towns featured are, among others Peronne, Roisel, Tincourt and Le Mesnil.

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It's worth remembering that the provenance makes them more interesting as a group and if you have any interest in the war, its soldiers and their history you will want to keep and conserve them as being associated with your great uncle. Their family history association is something to be valued.

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I agree - the provenance is very important. I never really knew my great uncle and he said very little of the war, even to my father. We didn't know of the existence of these maps until last week, when we unearthed them in a box of old ordnance survey maps of Scotland.

Is there a museum of The Scot's Guards perhaps? Would they be interested in them?

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