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Pictured: The brass of the bullets visible in the rusted magazine.
A rifle which belonged to a fallen Tommy at the Somme has been discovered.
The weapon was carried over the top on July 1, 1916 by Private Maurice Rosenthal, of C Company, 15th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers.
He was killed on the first day of the battle with almost 20,000 others on the bloodiest day in the British Army's history.
Pte Rosenthal's 303 calibre World War One rifle lay buried in the ground for almost a century before it was dug up by workmen in Thiepval who were installing a gas pipe.
The 33ins weapon, which still contained live ammunition, was found next to Pte Rosenthal's name tag. It is now being sold with auctioneers Ashley Waller, of Macclesfield, Cheshire, who have deactivated the bullets.