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War hero's medals to be auctioned

Medals awarded to Major Herbert James
Major James won seven medals for acts of bravery during World War I

Medals belonging to a World War I hero who died alone in a rented west London flat are expected to fetch up to 180,000 at auction later this week.

Major Herbert James had seven medals for bravery including a Victoria Cross for his actions at Gallipoli in 1915.

The medals were discovered by the landlord of the war hero's flat in Kensington, after his death.

Major James, who was originally from Birmingham, served with the Worcestershire Regiment.

The officer's medals, which also included a Military Cross and a French Croix de Guerre with palms, were found along with a Victoria Cross list.

Major Herbert James
Major James lived alone in the flat and received no guests

Among the acts of bravery at Gallipoli the valiant soldier was applauded for taking a one-man stand against the enemy's bullets.

Major James lived alone in the flat and did not receive visitors or telephone calls.

The medals, which will go under the hammer on Thursday, are expected to fetch between 160,000 and 180,000.

Christopher Hill, client services director for specialist auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb, said: "We have had interest because of the Gallipoli Victoria Cross.

"Gallipoli has a large following - a lot of people go to Gallipoli now.

"This medal is to the high end of deeds to win a Victoria Cross."

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