Army teddy set to spark bid­ding war

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

A TEDDY bear that was a lucky mas­cot for the Bri­tish Army dur­ing the Sec­ond World War is ex­pected to fetch hun­dreds of pounds at auc­tion to­day.

The toy trav­elled with sol­dier Thomas Matthews in his M10 tank as he and his squadron fought Ger­man forces in Europe.

It was given to him by a lib­er­ated Dutch vil­lager af­ter his D-Day land­ing with the Royal Ar­tillery’s 62nd anti-tank reg­i­ment in 1944.

Mr Matthews, who died in 1990 aged 74, gave the 4ft toy to his son, also called Thomas, who has kept it in his loft at his home in Stafford.

Now the bear – which also took part in the Al­lies’ vic­tory pa­rade in Berlin in 1945 – is set to be sold to­day at Han­sons Auc­tion­eers in Lon­don. Auc­tion­eers ex­pect the bear to far ex­ceed its guide price of be­tween £400 and £600.

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