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.
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
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