WW1 British 1897 Officers Presentation Sword


WW1 British 1897 Officers Presentation Sword of Captain George Ernest Spencer DSO MC Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, blade by J R Gaunt etched and polished with crowned GR cipher, foliage and ‘DEO GRATIAS TO OUR BELOVED SON CAPT G.E.SPENCER, DSO, MC, WHO WENT TO FIGHT A JUST CAUSE ON BEHALF OF HIS KING & COUNTRY IN THE GREAT EUROPEAN WAR OF 1914/18. HIS ACTIONS AND HEROISM SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS JER XLV11-VI’. Regulation hilt with bullion dress knot, wire bound fish skin covered grip, in its leather field service scabbard with plated mounts. Blade 83cms. Good condition, blade retains most original polish, hilt and scabbard with age wear. George Ernest Spencer was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for gallantry, the citation for the award was as follows, “When his Battalion moving to positions prior to an attack, was located by a low flying aeroplanes, the courage and skill he displayed in handling the leading Company enabled the Battalion to take cover with light casualties. Later when the Battalion was held up by machine gun fire and subjected to heavy shelling the advance posts being driven in, he called up a Lewis gun section which promptly got into action and shouting for his Company to follow he charged the enemy. His fine example was followed by other Companies, the enemy driven back with heavy casualties and a critical situation restored”. His medal group was offered by Bosleys Military Auctioneers on 6th November 2013

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