Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria. To coincide with the OMRS Convention (19 September 2003)

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Date of Auction: 19th September 2003

Sold for £310

Estimate: £200 - £250

Captain William Moon Upjohn, 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards, killed in action at St. Leger 24th August 1918

A scarce 1854 pattern Welsh Guards Officer’s sword, blade 82cm of Levée pattern by Henry Wilkinson (No. 53330) etched with GVR cypher, Welsh Leek & motto ‘Cymru Am Byth’, and correct vacant scrolls for battle honours, all amidst foliage, plated steel guard with regimental device, fish-skin covered grip bound with silver wire, leather covered field service scabbard, blade retaining most of original finish, hilt plating very good, minor damage to scabbard leather £200-250


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Sword sold by Wilkinson to W. M. Upjohn, 21st September 1917.

William Moon Upjohn, eldest son of W. H. Upjohn, K.C., of Sloane Street, London, was born on 22 October 1884, and was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. He was a fine athlete at Eton and on leaving Trinity, was articled to Sir William Plender. In 1915 he obtained a commission in the Welsh Guards, leaving for the front in 1916. He was invalided home in 1917, but returned to the Front in May 1918, and was killed in action 24 August 1918. Captain Upjohn is buried in Beaulencourt British Cemetery, Ligny-Thilloy, France.