British Naval Officer’s Sword – Captain Henry Bayham


British regulation naval officer’s sword belonging to Captain Henry Bayham who served during WW1 and WW2 Brass hilt with lion head pommel and fish skin grip and officer’s dress knot with age wear. Slightly curved engraved blade marked with retailers name Walton Outfitters Gosport and complete with brass mounted black leather scabbard and research, folding side guard slightly lose but working. Notes: Captain Henry Baynham (Bullets) OBE RN FRAS (also holder of the Egypt Medal, British War Medal and the Khedives Star). (Bullets) Henry Baynham was born 1 June 1847 and was educated at the Naval School, Southsea. Entered the Navy as a Navigating Midshipman in Dec. 1862. Served HMS Victory, Buzzard, Nile, Galatea, Orontes and Phoebe. After a long and illustrious career he retired in December 1884 being medically unfit. In 1888 he was appointed Chief Officer of the Conway. In 1895 he was Superintendent of the Industrial School Ship Wellesley at North Shields. He retired from this post in 1910, aged 63. In 1914 he offered his services to the Admiralty and in Sept. 1915 he was appointed to HMS Victory. In 1917 he was officially notified that he was the oldest officer on the active list! Feb. 1917 promoted to Acting Commander. Jan. 1918 appointed to HMS Cyclops and then HMS Sandringham. He was demobilised June 1919 and reverted to the Retired List. He was 72. OBE awarded 1 Jan. 1919 “Worked at Haslar Training Camp and as supervising officer of the Auxiliary Patrol Depot at Immingham and was Senior Naval Officer of the naval base at Swarbacks Minn in Jan. 1918.” Left Conway to become Capt Sup., of TS Wellesely – photo below.He died 11th June 1933, aged 84

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