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100-year-old German pistol found by schoolchildren in Pembridge
Eagle-eyed Theo Singleton, aged 10, and Rupert Davies, nine-and-a-half, spotted the gun while paddling near the bridge in Pembridge.
They brought it to Kington Museum curator Robert Pritchard, who got in touch with firearms expert Duncan Noble to identify it.
Mr Noble was able to date the pistol back to around 1910 and it is most likely a .32 Walther typically carried by German officers in the Second World War.
The weapon had been unloaded and was lying on its left side on the river bed, where pebbles became embedded in the corroding metal.
While it remains a mystery how it found its way to Pembridge, it can now be viewed at Kington Museum next to another great military icon – a picture of Winston Churchill on horseback during one of his wartime visits to the area.
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