A WAR memorial made from a soldier's mess tin has sold for thousands of pounds at an auction in Marlow.

Corporal Charles Goddard created it 65 years ago in honour of fallen World War II comrades.

An anonymous buyer forked out £13,000 for the emotive tin, together with a collection of war medals.

Cpl Goddard used a nail to engrave the tin with the names of ten men who died while they were captive in a Japanese PoW camp.

He also scratched on it the words "gone but not forgotten".

Cpl Goddard, from Surrey, had led his small platoon on a brave charge in Hong Kong before they were captured.

He returned to Britain after the war and kept the tin for the rest of his life. He died in 1984, aged 64.

The auction took place at Court Garden on September 2.