Edwardian/WW1 Queens Royal West Surrey Regt
Officers Sword, For Sale
In overall good condition (blade especially good), an Edwardian
/ WW1 Edwardian Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment Officers Sword.
The sword etched to Hobson & Sons 1-3-5 Lexington St, London
W with owner's initials R.D.C. for 1st Volunteer Battalion of The
Queens, who served (with this sword) throughout World War One and
made Captain on the 11th September 1914.
The 32 3/8 inch blade is extremely well etched and in excellent
condition. Blade firm in the hilt. The hilt / guard with tarnish
and oxidation (could easily be cleaned up). The fishskin grip in
very good condition, as are the twisted grip wire bindings. The
blackened (denoting rifles) steel scabbard has age, a small ding
and some very light pitting but is overall good. The sword sheathes
and draws very well.
A really good sword with provenance. Well worth £625. Please
quote item reference T67. Further / full sized images available
upon request. Box 0817-121x18x18 (2.326).
R. D. Cheesewright went on to be a Lieutenant Colonel; he died
on the 18th September 1948. During WW1 he had to write painful letters
to the families of his fallen subordinates, and graphic reports
of actions in which he was involved. Here is one such of his reports;
On August 9, 1915, I advanced with my Company up the slopes of Hill
70. Private Macklin was in my immediate vicinity during the advance
and at the furthest point near the crest of the hill, when the advance
was checked, he was lying down about 15 yards to my right, partially
screened from my view by a bush. Shrapnell was bursting very frequently
and close to us, and I heard a cry and saw Private Macklin try and
stand up. I went over to assist him and found that he had been very
severely hit by an exploded shell – which had practically
removed his left arm at the shoulder. It was a very bad wound, the
shoulder bones being quite uncovered. It was impossible to apply
a field dressing and as soon as possible I had him carried down
to the Dressing Station, which was done before we had to retire
from the gorze fire. I made enquiries afterwards from the Medical
Officer who stated that he had attended to him and sent him down
to the hospital, where his arm would have to be amputated. The M.O.
also said that, considering the gravity of the wound, he was in
a fairly good condition and might survive. I have not heard of him