Lee Metford Pattern 1888 Sword Bayonet and Scabbard : Seargent A Hill, 5 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse

Place Africa: South Africa
Accession Number REL/04679
Collection type Technology
Object type Edged weapon or club
Physical description Brass, Leather, Steel, Wood
Maker Sanderson
Place made United Kingdom
Date made 1892
Conflict South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)

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'.

History / Summary

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.