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Hero's medals fetch PS7,800.

A SET of medals belonging to a heroic general who fought Napoleon at Waterloo have sold for more than treble their estimated price.

The four individual honours, set in a single "unique" bar brooch, belonged to former British Army commander Lieutenant-General Rowland Hill who was nicknamed Daddy Hill for the care he took over his men.

The bar brooch went under the gavel at Hansons Auctioneers, in Derbyshire, on Tuesday and realised PS7,800. A veteran of the Peninsula War against the French, Shrewsburyborn Hill later fought at Waterloo in 1815 as the Allied powers under the command of the Duke of Wellington stopped a resurgent Napoleon's march across the Low Countries.

During his career, Hill was awarded a clutch of medals; the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath; the Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Guelphic Order (Hanoverian); the Grand Cross of the Order of the Tower and the Sword (Portugal's highest award) and the Peninsular Cross.

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<B Lieutenant-General Rowland Hill and, above, four of his war medals

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