HISTORICAL ANTIQUE ARMS

Edged Weapons

1897 PATTERN GVR INFANTRY OFFICERS SWORD - NAMED K.I.A.

1897 Pattern Infantry sword by J & S Kitchin Sheffield, heavily plated hilt with Crowned GVR cyphir engraved in bowl "JAS NORQUOY 1914", fishskin grip with wire bindings, original sword knot, blade with makers name, etched with Crowned GVR cyphir and scrolls both sides, field service leather scabbard.

The plating to the hilt near mint,the grip with signs of polish residue, fishskin with some wear, the blade with some minor blemishes as has the leather scabbard. Overall a fine example. Blade 830mm.

NOTES. James Norquoy born c.1884 Chorlton-cum-Hardy Manchester, schooled Hulme Hall Grammer School, Cheadle Hulme, Manchester, further studied at Manchester School of Art and became an Architect. On leaving school he joined the Volunteers and helt the rank of Sergeant. He was in the Architecture Dept of the L&NWR in London on outbreak of war.Joined the Royal Fusileers in Sept 1914 then gazetted Lieutenant in the Middlesex Regiment. For some time he acted as Signalling Officer and in Nov 1915 was promoted Captain. In Feb 1915 was slightly wounded in the hand but remained at duty. He was killed in action 2nd April 1917 at Souchez River Operations shortly after the Battle of Vimy Ridge which was the primary objective of the Battle of Arras. War Diary entries for April 1917 as follows:- 1 April- Advance Party proceeds to Carancy Sector to take over from the 46th & 47th Canadian Bns. 2/Lt A.E.Megson wounded in action. 1-2 April- The Bn relieved the Canadians holding Boyau Brisson to Souchez River. 2 April- Our preliminary bombardment started at 8am bringing heavy retaliation. The trenches were in very bad condition. Capt J.N.Norquoy (C Coy.) & 2/Lt. B.V.Waldow (D Coy.) Killed in Action. Buried Fosse No.10 Communal Cemetery Extension Sains-En-Gohelle.

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