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
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)