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Northern Ireland special ops soldier's medals sell for £25k

By Dick Barton

Seven medals awarded to a fearless British undercover soldier, including a Queen's Gallantry Medal he received for his exploits here, have sold for more than £25,000.

The Special Ops Northern Ireland QGM was awarded to Corporal - later Sergeant - Anthony Haw "in recognition of service in Northern Ireland".

It covered the period from November 1, 1977, to January 31, 1978. The medal was stolen from Mr Haw's car in Liverpool soon after he received it, but he eventually got it back during the 1990s.

Before the auction, at Spink in London on Wednesday, Mr Haw's QGM and his six other medals were expected to sell for between £18,000 and £22,000, but they were snapped up by a mystery buyer for £25,200.

Marcus Budgen, a medals specialist at Spink, said: "The awards of Tony Haw are truly remarkable. Being a Special Forces group with two gallantry awards is quite exceptional, making this a completely unique group.

"His work with 14 Intelligence Company was at the spearhead of the covert surveillance operations missions undertaken at the time and is very much taken from the pages of an Ian Fleming novel at times. His career later took him over the Iron Curtain into East Berlin as part of the Cold War spy mission, BRIXMIS."

Mr Budgen said the auction price reflected the history and importance of the medals.

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