|Place||Africa: South Africa|
|Object type||Edged weapon or club|
|Physical description||Brass, Leather, Steel, Wood|
|Place made||United Kingdom|
South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
Lee Metford Pattern 1888 Sword Bayonet and Scabbard : Seargent A Hill, 5 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse
1888 pattern sword bayonet with a black leather scabbard. Blade of bayonet is double edged and polished with central rib on each side. It is impressed with Queen Victoria's crown over '6/92'. The reverse of the blade is impressed with the letters 'WD' over Queen Victoria's crown and 'S.25' and 'X'. Condition: blade good. Grips are walnut secured by two brass rivets. The scabbard is black leather with with a steel chape, locket and throat. A tear drop shaped frog stud mounted on locket. The top of the scabbard is impressed '441' and '648'.
Bayonet and scabbard used by Seargent Alexander Hill of Brungle near Gundagai when he served with the 5th Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse. Hill enlisted as a Trooper and initially served with 1 Australian Horse under service number 585. He was promoted to Lance Corporal on17 February 1900. He was invalided back to Australia 6 August 1900. He re-enlisted and served a second tour of duty with the 5th Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse under service number 382, during this time he was promoted to Sergeant.