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1896 Pattern Cavalry Officers Sword by Wilkinson 3rd Dragoon Guards with Patent Solid Hilt ERVII

Description: A rare and much sought after example of this pattern of sword with a 3rd Dragoon Guards and North Somerset Yeomanry Provenance.

The hilt is in good order with minimal staining to the metal of the guard and no loss to the wiring or the composite grip.

The blade is very clean with absolute minimal staining. It is etched with the badge of the 3rd Dragoon Guards and the Royal Arms to one side, with the owners initials FACL and the royal cipher for Edward VII to the other. This blade was sharpened prior to Capt Liebert carrying it to France in 1914, and it still bears a very sharp edge.

The scabbard has seen better days and is missing its metal chape; it has obviously led a hard life!

Provenance: Formerly the property of Captain Frederick Alexander Charles Liebert. 3rd Dragoon Guards and North Somerset Yeomanry. Killed in action 17th November 1914.

Frederick Liebert was born in Bruges, Belgium, the son of John Frederick and Lena Henrietta Liebert. His mother’s maiden name was Preet de Bay which implies that she was of Belgian extraction.
After an early schooling in Bruges he finished his education at Beaumont College, Berkshire and then joined the regular army on a short term commission as a 2nd/Lt in the 3rd Dragoon Guards.

Upon completion of regular service he joined the North Somerset Yeomanry (Territorial Force) also with the rank of 2nd/Lt on 20/12/1905.

He married his wife Frances on 21/07/1905 in Pinhoe, Devon, where she lived and then moved to The Elms, Charlton Musgrove. At The Elms he had four servants, a cook, housemaid, parlour maid and groom – official papers showed him “of private means”. He became secretary to the Wincanton Racecourse and was assistant secretary to the Blackmore Vale Hunt, he was devoted to hunting. He was also a keen golfer and cricketer and local freemason.

Frederick Liebert volunteered for foreign service at the outbreak of the war and was promoted to Captain on 05/08/1914. The North Somerset Yeomanry was a regiment very local to Wincanton. In fact two of its troopers were sons of Wincanton tradesmen and both were officials at the Wincanton Post Office – Troopers Ladd and Sweetman. The Regiment mobilized on 04/08/1914 at Bath and trained at Winchester before leaving for France on 26/10/1914, they entrained near St.Omer on 11/11/1914; en-route to Ypres where they joined the 6th Cavalry Brigade of the 3rd Cavalry Division under General Byng.

The action in which Capt. Liebert lost his life was the first fought by the North Somerset Yeomanry. Prior to the action the Yeomanry were billeted in a farmhouse and subjected to very heavy German artillery fire. It took place over an area of no more than 500 yards during the First Battle of Ypres on 17/11/1914. B Squadron led by Captain Liebert held the first series of trenches and were subjected to intense shell fire. The Germans got to within 15 yards of the British line but were repelled with heavy losses. In an account by one of his troopers, 18 year old Trooper Fudge, tells how Capt. Liebert was turning around to direct up reinforcements when shrapnel from a shell struck him in the head. One other officer and three troopers were killed by the same shell blast.

All including Capt. Liebert were buried on 18/11/1914 next to each other and given full military honours. Upon returning from the funeral the soldiers came under fire and narrowly missed being killed themselves.

Price: £1195 reduced from £1295

Catalogue No: ES0090

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