These pyjamas were lent to Brigadier Hugh Mainwaring, a member of Montgomery's staff who escaped German capture and subsequently arrived at Montgomery's headquarters in Rome, as recorded in Mainwaring's book Three Score Years and Ten with Never a Dull Moment. 'After dinner Monty got up and said, "I'm going to bed now. You'll have more fun here without me. I will lend you some pyjamas for the night; someone else will fit you up with some bedding"'. Mainwaring took them back home to Wales with him. His wife then gave them as a prize in a WRVS (Women's Royal Voluntary Service) raffle in 1943 where they were won by May Campbell, age 10, who was the previous vendor.