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World War soldier's uniform sold
Montgomeryshire Yeomanry helmet
The helmet and uniform belonged to a soldier in World War 1
A rare complete set of a Montgomeryshire Yeoman's uniform and helmet was the centrepiece of a military memorabilia auction.

The uniform, medals, helmet, battle and dress spurs and gloves raised 4,000 at the sale in Welshpool.

The lot has been put up for sale by the family of their owner - Private Haydn Roberts from Llanfyllin - who served in the regiment in World War 1.

A brass tin sent - one of many sent to soldiers by Prince Philip's mother, Princess Alice, as a Christmas present containing food during the war - was also auctioned.

Jim Mason of Welshpool-based auctioneers Harry Ray and Co said more than 600 lots of war memorabilia went under the hammer in all.

"Haydn Roberts' uniform was of particular interest because a complete collection like this very rarely comes up for auction," he said.

Sentimental value

"The lot provided one man's life in one package, although I believe the family don't know what eventually happened to him."

The Montgomeryshire Yeomanry was formed in 1813 and served in many campaigns including the Zulu Wars before being disbanded soon after the end of World War 1.

"Montgomeryshire Yeomanry pieces have always been collectable and I am delighted the Haydn Roberts lot did so well."

"Military pieces like this are often of sentimental value to families so we don't often see them being put up for auction."

The sale, at Welshpool Town Hall on Friday, saw another Montgomeryshire Yeoman's helmet fetch 1,000.

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