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 £290

Estimate: £150 - £200

Second Lieutenant Ernest Walter Winton, 2nd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, killed in action while taking ammunition up to the firing line 15th December 1917

Royal Artillery pattern officer’s sword, blade 86cm by Henry Wilkinson (No. 54113) etched with GVR cypher, regimental device, within foliage, and engraved within cartouche ‘Ernest W. Winton June 6th. 1917’, plated steel 3 bar hilt, fish-skin covered grip, bound with silver wire, leather covered field service scabbard, blade retaining most original finish, minor staining, otherwise very good condition throughout £150-200


Ernest Walter Winton (formerly Weintraud) was the younger son of Mr & Mrs Weintraud, of Hampstead. The family, like so many at this time, changed their Germanic sounding surname. Born in February 1898 , he was educated at Oundle, UCL & Clare College, Cambridge, where he read for the Economics Tripos. Leaving University after 2 terms, he passed through the RMA Woolwich, being gazetted to the RGA in June 1917. He joined his battery on 27 November 1917, and was killed when going into action with his battery for the first time, aged 19. Lieutenant Winton is buried in Bleuet Farm Cemetery, Belgium.