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c1920 Cased Pair of Lord Lieutenant Epaulettes to DSO & Bar
  • c1920 Cased Pair of Lord Lieutenant Epaulettes to DSO & Bar
  • c1920 Cased Pair of Lord Lieutenant Epaulettes to DSO & Bar
  • c1920 Cased Pair of Lord Lieutenant Epaulettes to DSO & Bar
  • c1920 Cased Pair of Lord Lieutenant Epaulettes to DSO & Bar
  • c1920 Cased Pair of Lord Lieutenant Epaulettes to DSO & Bar
  • c1920 Cased Pair of Lord Lieutenant Epaulettes to DSO & Bar
  • c1920 Cased Pair of Lord Lieutenant Epaulettes to DSO & Bar
  • c1920 Cased Pair of Lord Lieutenant Epaulettes to DSO & Bar
  • c1920 Cased Pair of Lord Lieutenant Epaulettes to DSO & Bar
  • c1920 Cased Pair of Lord Lieutenant Epaulettes to DSO & Bar
  • c1920 Cased Pair of Lord Lieutenant Epaulettes to DSO & Bar

c1920 Cased Pair of Lord Lieutenant Epaulettes to DSO & Bar

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£290.00


Product Description

A very attractive Cased Pair of Full Dress Epaulettes for the rank of the King’s Lord Lieutenant in fair to good condition, that belonged to Reginald Bastard DSO and Bar, DL (1880 – 1960), of the 2nd Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment.

He was born in Knightsbridge, London, in 1880 to Olivia Gertrude Louisa Claremont and John Algernon Bastard.

SUPPLEMENT TO THE EDINBURGH GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 18, 1918. 3291
Maj. (T./Lt.-Col.) Reginald Bastard, D.S.O., Linc. R.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in leading his battalion throughout a week's fighting with untiring energy and skill. On the first night he reoccupied a village after a sharp struggle with the enemy, and for the five following days his battalion beat off all attacks on the trench line and established a complete superiority over the enemy in “No Man’s Land.” On the last day, when his battalion was in brigade reserve, he delivered a counter-attack at very short notice and reached the first objective.
(D.S.O. gazette 28th April, 1915.)

SECOND DSO 1st July 1916 THE FIRST DAY ON THE SOMME
The story of Lt. Colonel Reginald Bastard of the 2nd Lincolnshire rifles on 1st July, 1916. Bastard and his men clambered up from their trenches to assault the German lines on the Somme. Under intense machine-gun fire, Bastard captured the FRONTLINE German trench with only 60 of the 400 men who had gone over with him. Bastard soon found himself firing off swarms of German counter-attacks while remnants of other battalions, leaderless, leaped into the captured German trenches with Bastard's men. Bastard, annoyed by the lack of reinforcements of any kind, leaped out of the German trenches alone and ran across No Man's Land four times, saving the lives of countless wounded British soldiers in shell holes and struggling to gain reinforcements from the other side.

"THE FIRST DAY ON THE SOMME" 1st July 1916
Lieut-Col Reginald Bastard of the 2nd Lincolnshire Regiment is one of the ten soldiers whose experience was used by Martin Middlebrook to illustrate his book "The First Day on the Somme".

The epaulettes date from around the 1920s and came from the family estate in Yealmpton, Devon. Despite being in a fitted tin case, the epaulettes have suffered somewhat from mothing, but this is more apparent on the undersides. The epaulettes are decorated in silver rather than gilt and have beautiful bullion wire roses as the main motif. The buttons have the crown decoration. The epaulettes appear to be missing a couple of crescent moons in metal, that run around the edge. This could easily be rectified by a supplier of accoutrements.

Despite the missing moon and the mothing, it remains a very attractive looking piece.

Size epaulette: 19 x 13.5 x 9 cm (7 ½ x 5 ¼ x 3 ½ inches)
Size tin: 29 x 20 x 12.5 cm (11 ½ x 7 7/8 x 5 inches)

Weight: 1715 g

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