11th Hussars Officers Sword By Wilkinson

11th Hussars Officers Sword By Wilkinson

Code: 11510


The sword of Captain Walter Arthur Powell, 11th Hussars, and Imperial Yeomanry.

Something of a chequered career, it would appear that Powell, after gaining his commission in the 11th Hussars, could not afford the lifestyle, and was forced to resign, being taken to court by his Tailor!

Below is a brief summary of what I have been able to find. It would seem he went on to serve with some distinction in the Imperial Yeomanry during the Boer War, and he reenlisted again for WW1, so not a coward by any means, and an officer well worthy of more research than I have time to carry out.

LG 11th April 1884:  Walter Arthur Powell, Gent., to be Lieutenant, 4th Battalion, the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, Dated 16th April, 1884.

LG 27th March 1885: 4th Battalion, the King's (Shropshire Light Infantry), Lieutenant Walter Arthur Powell, from the 4th Battalion, the Royal Warwickshire Regiment-, to be Lieutenant. Dated 28th March, 1885.

LG 24th November 1885: 11th Hussars, Lieutenant Walter Arthur Powell, from the 4th Battalion, the King's (Shropshire Light Infantry), to be Lieutenant, vice. C. H. E. Coote, promoted. Dated 25th November, 1885.

LG 4th Novemeber 1887: 11th Hussars, Lieutenant Walter Arthur Powell resigns his Commission. Dated 5th November, 1887. 

The Morning Post of 29th January 1889 makes reference to a Court Case, HEAD V. POWELL. In this case Messrs. Head and Son, haberdashers, of 101 and 191 a, Sloane-street, sued Mr. Walter Arthur Powell, formerly a lieutenant in the 11th Hussars, to recover a balance of an account of £378, for goods supplied.

LG 6th February 1900: THE IMPERIAL YEOMANRY. 

To be Lieutenants, with the temporary rank of Lieutenant in the Army. Dated 7th February, 1900:— 

Walter Arthur Powell, Gent., late Lieutenant 11th Hussars.

LG 10th September 1901: Mentioned in Earl Roberts Dispatch for "Special and Meritorious Service" (As a Captain, 3rd Batt Imp Yeo)

LG 14th October 1914: promoted Temp Captain The Sportsman's Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment).

The steel 1821 Pattern three bar hilted light cavalry hilt in very good condition. Partially chequered backstrap and pommel with shagreen grip bound in silver twistwire. 

35 inch single fullered blade, with Wilkinson's details to one ricasso, HW proof slug to the other. an escutcheon containing Powell's initials. Foliate etching, and crowned VR cypher to one side of the blade. Regimental badge of the XI Hussars to the other side, along with the Sphinx, and scrolled battle honours. 

Centre of percussion to the back of the blade. Generally bright overall with some old rust and minor staining. 

Housed in its steel dress scabbard with twin hanging rings, generally bright and free from splits or major dents. 

A very nice regimental cavalry sword, to an interesting owner, with lot more potential for research. Sold with a digital copy of the Wilkinson Sword Proof Book ledger for this sword, confirming its provenance.

Strictly over 18's only. Photo ID will be required before this item can be dispatched.