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Oswald Henry Ames, “The Tallest Man in the Army”

The sword of Oswald Henry Ames, known as ‘the tallest man in the British Army’. The blade is a whopping 40 inches (~102 cm)! Born in 1862, he entered the 4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment in 1881 and in 1884 transferred to the 5th Dragoons and then the 2nd Life Guards. He became Captain in 1892, Major in 1902, and retired and transferred to the reserve in 1906.He commanded the reserve regiment of the 2nd Life Guards as Lieutenant-Colonel from 1914 - 1916, and died in 1927 aged 65. 'Ozzie’, as he was known, was remembered not only for his height of 6 foot 8 ¾ [inches], but also for leading the Queen’s procession to St Paul’s Cathedral for the Diamond Jubilee service in 1897.