Dustman saves 5,000 rare First World War photos from rubbish dumps

tags: World War I, pictures




A former dustman has amassed one of the Britain's best collections of First World War photographs after spending decades rescuing them from rubbish tips and bins.

Bob Smethurst spent 36 years working as a refuse collector and began saving the remarkable pictures during the 1970s.

He believes as soldiers from the conflict grew old and passed away a lot of their remarkable pictures and memorabilia was often thrown out especially in the 1970s and 1980s. Over three decades Mr Smethurst made it his mission to try and save anything he spotted which otherwise could have been lost forever....




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