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1895 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Northumberland Fusiliers by Thurkle

Description: 1895 pattern swords are quite a rare find but this one has the added distinction of being of the Northumberland Fusiliers special pattern and of having been owned by Lt Col Charles Arthur Armstrong who commanded the 2nd Battalion during the latter half of 1915 before being killed in action at Loos.

The hilt is in good order; guard has some loss to the plating but there are no dents or deformations, the grip retains all of its shagreen and the wiring is intact. A replacement buff piece has been fitted.

The blade is lavishly decorated and carries the owners initials, Northumberland Fusiliers badge and the Queen’s Crown to one side with the Armstrong crest, Northumberland Fusiliers emblem, battle honours and motto, and the Queen’s Crown. The plating to the blade has rubbed a little over time but there is very little tarnishing and no damage or edge knocks. It has not been sharpened.

The scabbard is complete with no dents or knocks, though there is some loss to the plating. The wooden liner has deteriorated and the blade is therefore sightly loose within the scabbard.

Provenance: Lt Col Charles Arthur Armstrong was killed at Loos on the 11th October 1915. The account of his death states that ‘he was shot through the head rising above the parapet to orient himself during an attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt’.

C A Armstrong was born in May 1873, the son of Major General Charles Armstrong. He was educated at Sherborne College.

He joined the Northumberland Fusiliers as a 2nd Lt on 10th Oct 1894, was promoted to Lt in December 1895 and again to Captain in May 1900 and later to Brevet Major in June 1902.

He Served in South Africa from 1899 to 1902 and for a time held post of Commandant at Kraippan. He also served as adjutant to the 4th Battalion of the Imperial Yeomanry. CAA was mentioned in dispatches and held the Queen’s medal with three clasps: Belmont, Modder River, Transvaal and the Kings medal with two clasps; South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902.

At the outbreak of the Great War he went to Newcastle to raise the 8th Battalion of the regiment, of which he was second in command until June 1915, when he went on to command the 2nd Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers in Flanders.

Price: Final sale price withheld

Catalogue No: ES0087

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