gnr.ktrha, on 05 February 2012 - 09:36 PM, said:
I was looking at a Broadsword this week which was made by Wilkinson which had a number around 48000 on the blade. Would this be WW1 manufacture? Does anyone else have a sword with a similar number on it and if you have have you tried to get a copy of it's entry from the owner of the Wilkinson Sword archives? I understand that there are some gaps in the archive. The owner of the sword thinks it was owned by an ancestor, but is not sure which one, it would be great to find out for her, if possible.
I can give you a confirmed time line, as I have a Henry Wilkinson Grenadier Guards Officer's sword with the serial number 51270, which belonged to Captain Francis Layland-Barrett ( Later Sir Francis ) of the Grenadier Guards.
I checked with Richard Milner of the Wilkinson Archive, and he was able to confirm, and send me a copy of the Sales Ledger entry, which shows this sword was sold to F. H. G. Layland-Barrett of the Grenadier Guards in January 1916.
I also have a photograph of him wearing the sword.
At least we know your sword's serial number of around 48000 pre-dates January 1916.
Captain Francis Layland-Barratt fought in France with the Grenadier Guards, and at the battle of Les Boeufs in September 1916, he was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry, and he was subsequently wounded in the battle at Gouzeaucourt in December 1917.
I am attaching some photographs of the sword, the blade of which is personalised to him with his monogrammed initials
" FHGLB " for Francis Henry Godolphin Layland-Barrett, his Family Crest and Motto. Also a photograph of Captain Layland-Barrett wearing the sword, and also wearing his Military Cross, plus a photograph of his actual medals including his Military Cross.