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WW1 British Field Artillery Sword of Capt George Bridges, Sold

In good overall condition, a WW1 British Royal Artillery officer's sword, etched to Captain George Bridges, R.F.A. D.S.O.her

WW1 / George V British Field Artiller Sword of Capt George Bridges

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The blade etching to "Captain George Bridges, R.F.A. D.S.O." is clearly post service, probably added by him or his family. There is no reason to believe the etching is anything but authentic as Capt. George Bridges was a good but not famous British Army officer. His service details are further below.

The 32 1/2 inch blade is in good condition but with some light rust patches (now stabilized), firm in the hilt. The steel hilt has been browned (a chemical camouflage technique) and is in good condition. The grip is mostly good, the twisted grip wire bindings a little astray in places. The leather field service scabbard is aged and worn but sound. The sword sheathes and draws very well.

A bargain buy at just £? (too late, now sold). Please quote item reference O13 (1347). Further / full sized images upon request.

BRIDGES, GEORGE, was born 20 February 1876, only son of Captain Edward Bridges, of Zeals, Bath. He served in the Malay Peninsula from 1893 to 1895, and in South Africa from 1899 to 1900, including the Siege of Mafeking. He was wounded in this campaign, mentioned in Despatches, and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April, 1901]: "George Bridges, Lieutenant, Protectorate Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 29 October 1901. Lieutenant Colonel Bridges served in the French Remount Commission in the Argentine Republic August 1914, to May 1915. He served in the European War from 1915 to 1918; was three times mentioned in Despatches, and created a CMG, 1917. He was CRA, Kent Force, August 1917, to April, .1919, and was formerly in the Derbyshire Imperial Yeomanry. He married Gwendoline Elizabeth, daughter of R Pegau, MD, and widow of Captain George Farrar, Lancashire Fusiliers.
Medals: CMG, DSO, QSA (1) DofM (Lt Protectorate Regt), KSA (2) (Bomb RFA), 1914-15 Star (Capt RFA), BWM, Victory Medal with MID (Lt Col).
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)

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