WW1 British Rifle Officers Wilkinson Sword,
Lieut C N Curwen, Sold
In overall good to very good condition, a WW1 British Rifle Officers
Wilkinson Sword, Lieut C N Curwen, KIA 1916
Lieutenant Cecil Niel Curwen, King's Royal Rifle Corps, killed
in action on the 15th September 1916 aged 27. Wilkinson serial number
48188 for 1914. We bought his sword along
with his brother's, Major Brian Murray Curwen, from the Curwen
The 32 1/4 inch blade is very good condition and firm in the hilt.
The hilt with age / tarnish but good. The grip is good but aged,
the grip wire bindings with tarnish but sound. The original black
rifles sword knot is aged with leather surface losses. The field
service scabbard is good. The sword sheathes and draws well.
More details on Lieutenant Cecil Niel Curwen below.
What a great sword to own with full provenance for a hero officer.
You can own this important piece of history for just £? (oo
late, now sold). Please quote item reference T22 (0750). Further
/ full sized pictures available upon request.
Cecil Niel Curwen was the elder son of Thomas
Cecil and Margaret Curwen, of Lindfield Gardens, London, N.W.
He entered the School in 1903 and left in 1908. He then went up
to Caius College, Cambridge. After taking his degree he spent a
year in an Accountant's Office, and then joined his father in business.
In October, 1914, he enlisted in the Inns of Court O.T.C., rising
from private to sergeant, and in February, 1915, he received a Commission
in the 15th Battalion The King's Royal Rifle Corps and was gazetted
Lieutenant in the following May. Having taken courses in field-engineering
and explosives, and in bombing, he took an active share for a year
in the work of his Battalion; but in February, 1916, he was transferred
to the 18th Battalion, with which he went out to France in May as
In the course of the Battle of the Somme, he was given a Company
48 hours notice before the serious action in which he lost his life.
During a pause in the advance he turned aside to bind up the wounds
of a brother officer and dragged him to comparative safety, after
another officer had already been killed in a like attempt. Returning
to his men, he again led them in the attack from near Delville Wood
towards Flers, and shordy afterwards fell shot through the heart.
He died on September 15th, 1916 age 27.
No letters were received from his superior Officers, for most,
if not all, of them, were killed on the same day. His Captain in
the Inns of Court O.T.C. wrote of him :- "He was one of the
best men we ever had in the Company, and I am sure he made an excellent