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WW1 British Worcestershire Hussars Named Officer's Sword, sold

In very good condition overall, a browned (for combat service use) WW1 British cavalry officer's sword, former property of Major Roger John Watts, M.I.D., O.B.E. of the Worcestershire Hussars, including his original red horse's plume and chain epaulettes.

WW1 British Worcestershire Hussars Named O.B.E. Officer's Sword

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The superb grey etched blade by J.R. Gaunt & Son Ltd with "R J W" for Roger John Watts one side, the latin motto "Quant Je Puis" (All that I can) for Stonyhurst Roman Catholic (Jesuit) Boys College where he was educated the other.

The 34 1/2 inch blade is in very good condition having been stored for years with an application of storage grease. Blade firm in the browned for field service use hilt. The bowl guard in good condition overall. The black faux fishskin grip with twisted grip wire bindings are in very good shape. The leather field service scabbard in overall good condition; some wear as to be expected. The sword sheathes and draws very well. The red horse's plume and chain epaulettes are said to be his and there is no reason to doubt this of course.

Born in 1879, the son of William and Mildred Watts. Educated at Stonyhurst Roman Catholic Boys College, Blackburn. He had 2 younger brothers and 3 younger sisters. His father was a Metal Merchant and Roger was a clerk in his father's company before joining the Army. He died in Cheltenham in June 1951. War office record number WO 374/72549. See more related info below.

A superb sword worth £xxx even without the provenance, plume and epaulettes. Please quote item reference J11 (1103). Additional / full sized photos available upon request.

For gallant conduct and distinguished services rendered during the period from the 1st March to the 1st October, 1918 (Salonika)'. Major Roger Watts, M.I.D., O.B.E. (1878-1951) born Edgbaston, initially served with 5th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the Worcestershire Hussars 4.5.1912; served in the Egyptian Theatre of War from 9.7.1916; appointed Staff Lieutenant, 1st Class, 3rd Echelon 17.10.1916; served in Salonika from 6.11.1916; attached to the Derbyshire Yeomanry 5.4.1918; Commissioned Major 3.6.1919, served in Constantinople 28.8.1919; relinquished rank of Major.

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