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'Arabia' soldier collection sold
collection of military memorabilia
The collection included Mr Davies pictured on a horse and camel
A collection of military memorabilia belonging to a man who served with Lawrence of Arabia has been sold for 5,500 at an auction in Colwyn Bay.

As well as a Military Cross and three medals, a bugle and letters belonging to second lieutenant William Davies were bought by a mid Wales collector.

Mr Davies, who was decorated in 1918, lived at Penrhyn Bay near Llandudno until his death in 1973.

Auctioneer David Rogers-Jones said it was an unusually complete collection.

"He led and directed the attack with marked ability. It was owing to his quickness of action that so few casualties were incurred. His demolition work throughout the operation was invaluable."

The medals were offered for sale by his daughter - his only surviving relative - who is now in her 80s and living in a nursing home.

The collection also included pictures, a Turkish sword, his birth and death certificates and a report about his funeral carried in a local paper with details of his connections with Lawrence of Arabia.

He received the Military Cross after leading an attack on a strategic well in Jordan in World War I.

It was part of T E Lawrence's attempt to disrupt supplies to the Turkish army, which sided with Germany.

T E Lawrence
Mr Davies fought alongside T E Lawrence

The citation, published in the London Gazette, said the medal had been awarded "for conspicuous gallantry during the attack on Mudawara Station on 8 August, 1918".

"Medals do come up for sale quite often, but it is unusual to have such a lot of stuff coming up together, it was a very good package," said Mr Rogers-Jones.

"We had interest from all over the country and one person was inquiring on behalf of someone in Canada. In the end we had six people bidding over the phone and eight to nine bidders in all."

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