An 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword to an RFC Ace

Stock Code: 8517

An 1897 Infantry Officer’s Sword to an RFC Ace 39”overall. 32 ½” blade deeply etched with scrolls of foliage GRV and in a ribbon ‘BPG BEANLANDS 1St BN HAMPSHIRE REGT. 1914’ and ‘HENRY WILKINSON PALL MALL LONDON’ numbered on the spine 47150. Plated bowl guard ,fish skin grip.in it’s original field service scabbard.

Circa 1916

. In very good original condition. Sold with a quantity of photos and research.

Bernard Paul Gascoigne Beanlands was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on 9 September 1897. He was a minister's son; Canon Beanlands was rector of Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria. Beanlands' mother was Laura Maud Hills. Both parents would predecease their son. The younger Beanlands was educated at Oundle School and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst before joining the Hampshire Regiment in December 1914, in the first few months of World War I. On 3 March 1916, Beanlands was promoted to lieutenant in the Hampshires. On 31 May 1916, he was forwarded as a second lieutenant to be a Flying Officer with the Royal Flying Corps. On 1 September 1916, he was promoted to temporary lieutenant while serving with the RFC. Five days later, he scored his first aerial victory, killing aces Hans Rosencrantz and Wilhelm Fahlbusch in their reconnaissance two-seater. On 1 December 1916 he was appointed as Flight Commander, with a promotion to temporary captain. He transferred postings to 24 Squadron, where he scored eight more victories between 25 August 1917 and 18 March 1918. He was awarded the Military Cross. During the German offensive of March 1918 he was seriouslywounded, and on his recovery was appointed Examining Wing. Officer to the i8th Wing R.A.F. He was accidentally killedwhile flying at Northolt on May 8, 1919.

 

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Price: £1,795.00

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