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WWII PoW tag and medals auctioned

A PoW tag, medals and camp paperwork
DLS Hamer's PoW tag, medals and camp paperwork

Medals and a dog tag from one of Germany's largest World War II prisoner-of-war (PoW) camps have gone under the hammer at auction in Powys.

The medals and the tag, from Stalag 1VB, belonged to the late DLS Hamer of Kerry, near Newtown, who was a driver in the Army Service Corps.

He was captured in 1943 and spent the rest of the war in captivity until the camp was liberated by the Russians.

The memorabilia was expected to make about £200, but was sold for £80.

Auctioneers Harry Ray & Company said the camp tag identified Mr Hamer as prisoner number "47636, Stalag 1VB, Campo Concentramento".

Among the medals up for auction is the Africa Star, awarded for service in North Africa between June 1940 and May 1943.

Other memorabilia from Mr Hamer's estate includes paperwork identifying him as a liberated prisoner of war, entitling him to a shower and full uniform, along with bank notes and other tickets and vouchers.

"These are fascinating items," said Jim Mason of Harry Ray & Company.

"Some of the most interesting we have had in the sale room for many years and obviously of great interest to those involved in the collection of war memorabilia."

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