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British Pattern 1788 Heavy Cavalry Officer's Sword
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New acquisition! A 1788 pattern heavy cavalry officer’s sword regimentally marked to the 3rd or Prince of Wales’s Dragoon Guards. This type of sword was carried by the officers of all three antecedent regiments during the Flanders campaign, 1793-95. The 1788 pattern of sword was the first standardised pattern mandated by the British government to be carried by the heavy cavalry. Prior to this, the Commanding Officer of any particular regiment was given an allowance from the government and in following broad guidelines, had a duty to equip his men. This officer’s version of the 1788 pattern heavy cavalry sword differs in certain respects to that of the other ranks. The grip is made from shagreen or fish skin and the blade bears etched decoration. The overall quality of the sword’s construction will also be higher. The museum’s aim is to display the 1788 pattern sword in a future exhibition in addition to creating a blog post to be added to our website in the coming weeks. This post will further explore the story of the sword and the actions it may have been carried in. This acquisition was made possible thanks to the assistance of the National Fund for Acquisitions.


Exercise Prairie Storm Part 2

The 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh have been practising their skills and drills and live firing at British Army Training Unit Suffield in Southern Alberta, Canada. 

Training alongside them were members of The Scots Guards, The Kings Royal Hussars and 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.


AULD LANG SYNE ~ Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.  


British Non-Regulation Officer’s Sword with Presentation Inscription

A Presentation Cavalry Officer’s Sword

83.5cm slightly curved unfullered blade double edged towards the point, proved by Wilkinson, Pall Mall, and etched with presentation inscription within two scrolls, regulation steel honeysuckle hilt, with squared wire bound fish skin covered grip, with leather finger loop at the base, in its leather scabbard with large steel chape, and complete with sword knot of leather strap and acorn, old calling card of Lady Rawlinson attached states ‘Sabre worn when in command of Methuen’s Horse, Bechuana Land, 1884/5.


The inscription reads: Paul Methuen from George Chapman.
Paul Sanford, Third Baron, Methuen was born in 1849 and entered the Scots Fusilier Guards in 1864. He served in the Ashanti Expedition and was present at the battle o f Amoaful. From 1878-1881 he was Military Attache in Berlin. In 1882 he went to Egypt, and was present at Tel-El-Kabir (M.I.D). In 1884/5 he commanded the 1st Mounted Rifles in Bechuana Land. He held the rank of Lieutenant General, when given command of the 1st Division at the start of the Boer War, and was the only British General to be captured by the enemy. He attained the rank of Field Marshal in 1911, and died in 1932. Sold with further research including details of his march to Modder River during the Boer War, and copies of photographs of Methuen.

Today in 1914 the legendary Christmas Truce occurred at various points along the Western Front. Alfred Anderson, was the last living witness. He died in 2005 at 109. He said: “I remember the silence, the eerie sound of silence".

There are many stories about impromptu football matches. The Royal Welch Fusiliers apparently lost a no-mans land football match to the Germans. On penalties.

Captain Edward Hulme of the Scots Guards wrote, “On my return at 10.00 a.m. I was surprised to hear a hell of a din going on, and not a single man in my trenches; they were completely denuded (against my orders) and nothing lived. I head strains of "Tipperary” floating down the breeze, swiftly follwed by a tremendous burst of “Deutschland Uber Alles,” and, as I got to my own Company HQ dugout, I saw, to my amazement, not only a crowd of about 150 British and Germans, at the halfway house which I had appointed opposite my lines, but six or seven such crowds, all the way down our lines, extending towards the 8th Division on our right.“


Exercise Prairie Storm Part 1

The 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh have been practising their skills and drills and live firing at British Army Training Unit Suffield in Southern Alberta, Canada. 

Training alongside them were members of The Scots Guards, The Kings Royal Hussars and 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.

Then Home Secretary Winston Churchill (left of two top hats) is irresistibly drawn to the front line of the Sidney Street Siege in January 1911. Earlier in December 1910 a gang of Latvian revolutionaries had killed three police officers during an attempted jewellery robbery. All but two of the gang were quickly found and arrested - and following a tip-off the final two members were located, hiding at 100 Sidney Street, London. 

On the morning of 3 January a firefight broke out and armed officers fell back with their double-barreled shotguns ill-suited to the situation. Churchill gave permission for a detachment of Scots Guards to be drafted in and himself came to watch events unfold. Shooting between the two sides reached its peak soon-after around midday and a fire began within the besieged building. One of the two revolutionaries put his head out of a window, a fatal mistake as a Scots Guards seized the opportunity. As the fire was allowed to burn on Churchill’s authority shooting ceased and when the roof collapsed it was taken that both men were dead.


Tamiya Challenger 2 (Desertised) 1/35 scale - Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, 7th Armoured Brigade, Desert Rats - done and dusted!

This is the first time I’ve really had a go at bashing up a tank with chipping and weathering and had a lot of fun with it. I used a combination of paint and Tamiya’s Weathering Set to apply the effects over a gloss coat, then applied a couple of coats of flat clear. The old Trumpeter Challenger kit that I discarded ended up becoming quite useful. 1) I lost the little rubber cap that covers the gap between the gun and mantlet, so raided the Trumpeter kit for a replacement, and 2) Trumpeter’s front CIPs (the white panels) were a much better alternative than Tamiya’s “just cut them out from some plasticard” solution.

SIERRA LEONE. 2000. A 14-year-old child soldier during the Sierra Leone Civil War (1991 to 2002), which for over more than a decade devastated the country. This proxy war left more than 50,000 people dead, much of the country’s infrastructure destroyed, and over two million people displaced as refugees in neighbouring countries.

Photograph: Adam Butler/AP

More recently, in 2016, a former senior director at the British firm Aegis Defence Services says that it employed mercenaries from Sierra Leone to work in Iraq because they were cheaper than Europeans and did not check if they were former child soldiers.

Contract documents say that the soldiers from Sierra Leone were paid $16 (£11) a day. A documentary, The Child Soldier’s New Job, alleges that the estimated 2,500 Sierra Leonean personnel who were recruited by Aegis and other private security companies to work in Iraq included former child soldiers.

Aegis was founded in 2002 by Tim Spicer, the former Scots Guards officer who was at the centre of the 1998 “arms to Africa” scandal, in which his previous company Sandline was found to be breaching sanctions by importing 100 tonnes of weapons to Sierra Leone in support of the government.

Ellery, Aegis’ director of operations at the time of the Iraq contracts, previously served as chief of staff to the UN’s mission in Sierra Leone, at the time when the organisation was responsible for demobilising thousands of former child soldiers.

Interviewees in the documentary provided detailed testimony of serving as child soldiers, and documents showing their employment with Aegis.

One interviewee, Gibrilla Kuyateh, told the film’s makers: “Every time I hold a weapon, it keeps reminding me of about the past. It brings back many memories.” In extended footage seen by the Guardian he said he was kidnapped at the age of 13 by rebels who also killed his mother.

When Sierra Leone’s civil war ended in 2002, the international community spent millions of dollars giving former militia members the skills to use in peacetime. A UN mission demobilised more than 75,000 fighters, including nearly 7,000 children, at an estimated cost of $36.5m. The total number of children demobilised is understood to be far higher.

Sierra Leone remains one of the world’s poorest countries, and the documentary charts how from 2009 onwards private military firms turned to it, along with Uganda and Kenya, for cheap labour to guard military installations in Iraq.

Extracts of Alice Ross’ article

A British Challenger 1 tank of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards outside Kuwait during the 1990-1991 Gulf War. Challenger tanks advanced 350 km during the land campaign, lasting less than 100 hours, destroying 300 Iraqi armoured vehicles without loss. A Challenger 1 also scored the longest range tank-on-tank kill in history with a Depleted Uranium round fired over a distance of 5,100 metres (over 3 miles).