Stock No. 105696

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A VERY RARE WW1 BRITISH SWORD TO AN INFANTRY OFFICER OF THE WAR RAISE BATTALION, THE CEYLON PLANTERS RILES. FROM A SMALL CONTINGENT OF VOLUNTEERS FROM THE COLONIES FOR THE AR EFFORT. SWORD BY HOBSONS OF LONDON WITH 826 MM LONG BLADE. ETCHED WITH GVR CIPHER AND “CEYLON PLANTERS RIFLE CORPS”. CLEAN BLADE STILL WITH ITS LEATHER WASHER. GRIP RETAINS ALL ITS SKIN AND WIRE .WITH BROWN LEATHER KNOT WHICH IS WORN TO THE ACORN. IN STEEL SCABBARD WITH GREY PATINA AND RUST PATINATION.  During the First World War, the regiment sent a force of eight officers and 229 other ranks under the command of Major J. Hall Brown. The unit sailed for Egypt on October 1914, and was initially deployed in defence of the Suez Canal. The unit was later transferred to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) and in mid-1915 was committed to the Gallipoli Campaign, landing at Anzac Cove (‘Z’ Beach) on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The CPRC also performed operational duties as providing guards to ANZAC headquarter staff, including the General Officer Commanding ANZAC, Lieutenant General William Birdwood, who remarked, “I have an excellent guard of Ceylon Planters who are such a nice lot of fellows.” According to its onetime commanding officer, Colonel T.Y. Wright (1904–1912), the CPRC sustained overall losses of 80 killed and 99 wounded in the First World War.