The Suffolk radio system used throughout the Chilly Struggle shall be auctioned

A Cold War radio system installed in the Bentley Post Office and medals from a Suffolk serjeant are among a number of unusual pieces of local and national history to be sold at an online auction.

From the mid-1980s and in the event of an imminent nuclear attack, postmasters at village post offices across Britain should have raised the alarm and signaled their villages to take cover. A secret code would have been received through a UK telecommunications receiver voicebox like the one above that is being sold at auction.

This radio system was adopted by the Bentley Post Office in Suffolk – which no longer exists – but was once part of the Warning District Colchester 19.

It was removed from the old post office in 2009 and is expected to sell for around £ 50 to £ 70 when it goes on sale on Saturday January 23rd.

The radio system is just one of the lots being auctioned by Lockdales Auctioneers & Valuers. It takes place online and extends over two days.

The online auction will sell a wide variety of coins, medals and militaria.

Chris Elmy of Lockdales, based in Martlesham Heath, said: “This is a very unusual piece of local and national history and a terrifying reminder of the precarious state we lived in in the 1980s regarding the stalemate between the Western and the Eastern Bloc. “

The two best medals (from World War I) belonged to Serjeant F. Brabrook, born in Wetherden, Suffolk. The others from WWII belonged to his (alleged) son: Royal Navy Commissioned Ordnance Lieutenant WF Brabrook. These are accompanied by four volumes with photographs and documents from WF Brabrook’s maritime career before, during and after the Second World War.
– Photo credit: Chris Elmy

A plethora of personal and official photos and medals from a Wetherden-born Suffolk serjeant are also for sale.

The two best medals from World War I belonged to Serjeant F. Brabrook. The others from WWII belonged to his (presumed) son; Royal Navy Commissioned Ordnance Lieutenant WF Brabrook.

These are accompanied by four volumes with photographs and documents from WF Brabrook’s maritime career before, during and after the war.

Mr. Elmsy added, “This really shows our Navy at its peak and is a wealth of personal and official photographs from that period.”

The lot is expected to sell for £ 240-260.

Lot comes with a superb personal archive compiled by WF Brabrook that records WWII naval history, service, etc. including original photos / papers, postcards, photocopies, etc.
– Photo credit: Chris Elmy

The Lockdales auction starts on Saturday at 10am.

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