Boer War KIA Named British Infantry Officer's
In good though aged condition, the Wilkinson made sword of Lieutenant
Montagu Grant Cantor, the sword he was holding / wearing when killed
in action during the Boer War.
This sword was worn / held by Lieutenant Montagu Grant Cantor of
the 2nd Battalion of the Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire)
Regiment when he was killed in action at Bothwel during the Boer
War on the 6th February 1901, aged 23.
Provenance: The blade has the serial number 31955 (1893 - hilted
into an 1892 pattern infantry officer's sword and sold to a "Mr
Flight" - most likely the military retailer of that name).
A second entry on the Wilkinson sales ledger shows the same blade
was presumably sharpened / reproved on the 18th October 1900; it
does not say for whom, but does state that it was for the 2nd Battalion
of the "West Yorks". The scabbard throat is period engraved
"Lieut M G Cantor". Lieutenant Montagu Grant Cantor was
originally commissioned into the 4th Battalion of the Durham Light
Infantry in 1896 (which is when we believe the sword was originally
acquired by him) and then transferred to the 2nd Battalion of the
West Yorkshire Regiment in 1899. Wilkinson sales ledger information
at bottom of page.
The 31 7/8 inch blade is in very good condition and is firm in
the 1895 pattern hilt. The guard and grip have suffered a little
with wear and age, but are sound / good. The steel scabbard is well
aged and has several dings, most likely battle damage. The sword
sheathes and draws well.
A very good example and with firm provenance, yours for £(too
late - though the sale price can be revealed for a small fee). Please
quote item reference number N81 (1333). Further / full sized pictures
available upon request.