**SOLD**WW1 BRITISH ARMY MC & BAR WINNER NAMED 1897 ENGINEER OFFICER’S SWORD CALDERWOOD

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British Army 1897 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword Belonging to Major William Thomas Calderwood who was awarded the OBE for WW2 Home Front Service and Military Cross with Bar for Service During the First World War with the Royal Engineers.
King George V era 1897 pattern sword, complete with the original field service scabbard and frog hanging strap. Blade etched with Royal Engineers to one side and crowned cypher to the other. Engraved towards the base of the blade “W J Calderwood RE”. Blade measures 83 ½ cm in length. Some surface staining to the blade and wear to the exterior. Generally good overall, with light service wear.
William Thomas Calderwood O.B.E. M.C. & Bar, was born in 1893 in Plumstead, South East London. Educated at the West Ham Technical Institute and gaining a degree in Engineering at the University of London in 1913. He gained a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 105th Field Company Royal Engineers and served on the Western Front from 4th March 1915. He was awarded the Military Cross in 1917,
“For conspicuous gallantry in action. With four men he traced under rifle and shell fire, a length of 300 yards of front line, joining two advanced posts which had been captured the previous day”. His bar to the Military Cross appeared in the London Gazette on 30th July 1919, “T/Lt (A/Capt) William Thomas Calderwood MC 63rd Fd Coy RE.
He commanded the field company which constructed the bridges over the Lys at Cuerne on the night of October 17th/18th, 1918, to enable an infantry brigade to be relieved. With great coolness and energy he kept up the work under heavy fire and led his transport through the village, which was being heavily shelled, keeping at the same time such a grasp on the situation that he saved his company a large number of casualties and enabled the bridge to be constructed an infantry relieved.” After the war he became chief Engineer to Messrs Hadley and Company, in 1923 he was made Managing Director of the firm. He took a keen interest in local politics, now in the North East of England. He became a City Councillor for Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1938. November 1940 he was made Deputy Lord Mayor. He was a member of the Newcastle Upon Tyne ARP Emergency committee and was appointed commandant of the Newcastle Auxiliary Fire Service which he was largely responsible for its formation and organisation, it was for this that he was awarded the O.B.E in the New Years Honour list of 1941. He died in 1942.

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Weight 2.5 kg
Dimensions 110 × 20 × 20 cm

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