Scarce GRI Infantry Officers Sword

Scarce GRI Infantry Officers Sword

Code: 11306


The sword of Major M.D. Hindle.

Malcolm Douglas Hindle born on the 7th of September 1899.  He was commissioned to the Unattached List as 2nd Lieutenant from the Cadet College, Quetta, on the 31st August 1918.  He was then attached to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Sikhs, on the 4th September 1918 and served during World War I, The Black Sea, 1919-20. 

He was then attached to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Sikh Pioneers (from 1922 became the 1st Battalion, 3rd Sikh Pioneers), 1921 to 1922.  Served with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Sikh Pioneers, 1922.  Promoted to Captain, 31st August 1923.  While serving with the 1st/3rd Sikh Pioneers, Mentioned in Despatches for distinguished service during the operations in Waziristan, from 21st April 1923 to 31st March 1924. (London Gazette 18th November 1924) 

Appointed to the 3rd Battalion, 20th Burma Rifles, 6th February 1933.  Detached from the 20th Burma Rifles, serving with the Bengal Sappers and Miners, 1933 to 1935.  Promoted to Major, 31st August 1936. 

Served as Censor, Rangoon, 1940.  Serving with the 7th Battalion, Burma Rifles, 1st October 1940.  On the Special Unemployed List, attached to The Burma Rifles, seconded as Assistant Commandant, the 1st Rangoon Battalion, Burma Military Police from 22nd December 1940.  As Major,  Assistant Commandant, the 2nd Rangoon Battalion, Burma Military Police, 1941 to 1st May 1942.  Transferred from the Burma Military Police to the Myitkyina Battalion, Burma Frontier Force, 1st May 1942.  Appointed Lt. Colonel, 2nd February 1947.

His sword, dating to 1924, is of regulation 1897 pattern and produced by Wilkinson sword of Pall Mall. It bears thier makers mark and address to one ricasso, and the HW proof slug to the other. Bearing the initials "M.D.H." to one side, along with floral etching, and the crowned GRI cypher. 

Housed in its original field service leather scabbard.

Generally very good condition overall. Attributable GRI swords are suprisingly difficult to come by in this condition.

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