Attributed Royal Engineer's Officers Sword

Attributed Royal Engineer's Officers Sword

Code: 10161


The originally the sword of Brigadier William Ewbank (1865-1930) and later refurbished and carried by his son, Major William Alan Ewbank M.C. (1922-2013) Both of which served in the Royal Engineers.

Brigadier William Ewbank 

Born in London 1865, and was educated at Calgary Alberta and Cooper's Hill Engineering College, Egham, Surrey, part of the University of London. RMA Woolwich. 

Commissioned into the Royal Engineers as follows: 

Lieutenant 9th December 1884
Captain 26th May 1893
Major 1st October 1901
Colonel 15th November 1914

Served in the Burma expedition,1887-1888, (medal with 2 clasps) 

North West Frontier 1889-1891.

Attended Staff College 1895 to 1896 at the same time as Allenby and Haig. 

Posted to Orissa in 1896 on famine relief work.

India 1897-98, North West Frontier

1908 (medal with clasp) 

Bombay 1909-1910, 

Delhi Durbar medal 1911

3rd Lahore Division. 1910-1912

Lucknow Division. 1913-1916. 

Mesopotamia, 1916-1919. 

3rd Afghan War 1919-1920 

Mentioned 5 times in despatches. 

Chief engineer and Director General Military Works, India, 1920 

Retired as a Brig.General 1922. 

Of his 37 years service, over 30 were spent in India or Burma.

Post retirement Brigadier Ewbank lived Woking, then Bournemouth. He died in 1930.

(229358) Major William Alan Ewbank MC Royal Engineers.

Born in Weymouth on August 30, 1922. He attended Wellington College, and completed a crash course in engineering at the University of Birmingham and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Royal Engineers. Later, he went on to earn his Bachelor of Science at the Royal Military Academy of Science, Shrivenham. 

His first overseas posting during the Second World War was to Northern. Iraq, followed by North Africa and Italy. He was wounded in North Africa and was awarded the Military Cross. In Italy, he met his first wife, Frances McKean, who was an American Red Cross worker there for the last two years of the war. They married in England in 1947. 
He continued to serve in the Army in various posts in England and Wales before being sent to Kenya around 1953 during the Mau Mau uprising. After the family settled in Yateley, Hampshire his wife died in 1957, leaving him with two small daughters to raise. He then left the Army to teach mathematics at a local boys' school in Yateley, where he continued to teach for the next seven years.

In 1964, he married his second wife, Dr. Frances White, of the United States, who persuaded him to move with his daughters to the U.S. They both procured positions teaching at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana; he went on to earn a master's degree at Ball State University. His second wife died March 16, 2013.

In 1970, Professor Ewbank established one of the first mathematics labs in the United States, which he designed and equipped at Taylor University (which now carries his name) A noted author and speaker, Professor Ewbank wrote over 80 math activity books and articles. He was awarded the rank of professor emeritus upon his retirement from Taylor University in 1987.

William Alan Ewbank died on Monday, April 29, 2013 in Lafayette, Indiana at the age of 90.

The sword itself is completely refinished, and done to a high standard, probably back at Wilkinson, when his son was commissioned. The blade was rehilted in or around 1897 in line with the new regulations, and would originally have been hilted with the 1857 special pattern brass engineers hilt.

All the shagreen and silver twistwire binding is complete, and in good condition.There is little to no loss to the plating of blade or hilt, and could easily still be carried by a serving officer.

The plated dress scabbard has not fared as well, and would benefit from some gentle cleaning, to make it more presentable.

The 32.5 inch blade is in excellent bright condition, retaining its original finish. It is engraved with initials, and usual crown and foliate motifs.

Accompanied by the Wilkinson Sword ledger entry.

Strictly over 18's only.