A WORCESTERSHIRE Regiment soldier's story was featured on the latest edition of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.

On Sunday night’s programme Major H.F. Boddington’s grandson appeared showing a collection of his grandfather’s items.

Major H. F. Boddington worked in the British Intelligence Service, in MI5, for most of the Second World War, and military museum curator Mark Smith spoke to the grandson about how he had been a spy, and received an OBE along with other medals for his service.

Viewers heard the story about Major Boddington escorting Winston Churchill and others in a tour of the Reich’s Chancellery in Berlin in July 1945, which had been captured by the Red Army.

During the tour a clock drew his attention, which was on the wall behind Hitler’s desk in his Conference Room, above the door into his ante-room. His grandson told viewers Major Boddington decided to liberate Hitler’s clock and bring it back to England as a memento, with the clock later being given to the Worcester Soldier galleries for safe keeping, where it has remained as a popular exhibit ever since.

Major Boddington had originally been commissioned into the Worcestershire Regiment in December 1916, as a temporary 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st (Reserve) Garrison Battalion.

In June 1918 he was promoted to Lieutenant and in December 1918 he was a member of 4th Battalion Colour Party to receive the Colours from the Dean of Worcester Cathedral.

In June 1919 he was made Captain and Adjutant of a Service Battalion and a year later was serving on the staff of the Military Government in Ireland.

From there he was made Captain in Intelligence, RARO Class, in February 1933, and was recalled in 1939 and served on the Staff, before promotion to a Major.

Antique Roadshow viewers saw his grandson’s collection which included a painting of him, his medals, and blueprints of the bouncing bomb.

Mr Smith said: “There is so much stuff it all really needs to be in a museum.

“It is incredible - he really could have a museum to himself.”

Mr Smith said the grandson’s collection was worth £8,000 to £10,000, which led to gasps from the gathered audience.

There is free entry to Worcestershire Solider Gallery, in Dancox House, Pheasant Street, Worcester, from 10.30am to 4.30pm between Monday and Saturday.

The Mercian Regiment Museum is closed Sundays and on Bank Holidays.

For more details call Dr John Paddock, museum curator, on 01905 721982 or email museummercian@btconnect.com.

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