Sword of Lt. Col R.L. Aspinall DSO 15th Hussars The Green Howards
Place of Origin: Britain
Date: Sept 24th, 1888
Overall Length: 40 3/4”, blade 34 3/4” http://rlaspinall.blogspot.com/
The sword of Lt. Col. Robert Lowndes Aspinall, the 15th (the King’s) Hussars, D.S.O. Died in action at the Battle of the Somme July 2nd 1916.
Heavy Cavalry Officer’s Undress Sword, pattern 1887, commissioned by R.L. Aspinall from Henry Wilkinson. The overall blade and hilt are in very good condition, the scabbard has dents at the bottom half.
The blade is beautifully etched on both sides. One side with the maker’s name, Henry Wilkinson, Pall Mall London; The crowned cypher of Queen Victoria and other decorative elements. The other side of the blade bears the insignia of the 15th Hussars, the monogram R.L.A., as well as the Coat of Arms for the Aspinall Family.
The spine of the blade has the serial number 28904, which corresponds to the sales receipt in the blog link below:
The following is an online excerpt on the history of R.L. Aspinall including reference links:
The obituary of Lt.-Col. Robert Lowndes Aspinall, D.S.O. published in The Times on Monday, July 10 1916:
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ROBERT LOWNDES ASPINALL, D.S.O., Cheshire Regiment, who was killed on July 2, was the elder son of the late Robert Augustus Aspinall, J.P., D.L. Born in 1869, he passed into Sandhurst from Eton (Mr. Luxmoore's House), and was gazetted to the 15th (the King's) Hussars in 1888. He was promoted captain three years later, but left the regiment when it proceeded to India. He went out to South Africa with the Yorkshire Regiment, and subsequently was appointed to Sir John French's staff as A.D.C. He was mentioned in dispatches and awarded the D.S.O. and the Queen's and King's medals, the former with five clasps. At the outbreak of the present war he was stationed in the North of England with the Yorkshire Regiment, and at the end of 1914 raised a new battalion of the "Green Howards." When this was made a reserve battalion he applied to be appointed to a battalion going overseas, and was given command of the Cheshire Regiment (sic), which he was gallantly leading into action when he was killed. Colonel Aspinall was a keen sportsman and was frequently seen in the saddle at the Grand Military and other regimental race meetings, winning the Cavalry Brigade Cup at Aldershot in 1897. Latterly he went in for driving, and his coach the "Active" was well known on the Dover and Folkestone road.
Some relevant London Gazettes entries follow. The C.W.G.C. record states that he died on July 3, 1916:
Gazetted 2nd Lt. 15th (The King's) Hussars - September 19 1888
Retired from 15th (The King's) Hussars - January 25 1899
Appointed Captain in 3rd Bn. P.W.O. (Yorkshire Regiment) - January 25 1899
Seconded for service with a Cavalry Division in South Africa - August 11 1900
Vacated command of 11th Bn. P.W.O. (Yorkshire Regiment) - August 2 1915
Appointed to command 11th Bn. The Cheshire Regiment - August 7 1915