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Victoria Cross winners Royal Engineers sword

Important and rare First World War Victoria Cross winners Royal Engineers sword of 1897 pattern with silver plated basket guard engraved B M Cloutman with etched blade with 'RE' and crowned GR Royal ciphers and scrollwork in original leather field service scabbard with leather frog - Acting Major (later Lieutenant Colonel) Brett Mackay Cloutman (later Sir Brett) of 59th Field Company, Corps of Royal Engineers was awarded the last Victoria Cross of the Great War (London Gazette 31st January 1919) on 6th November 1918 at Pont-Sur-Sambre, France, Major Cloutman, after reconnoitering the river crossings, found the Quartes Bridge almost intact but prepared for demolition.  Leaving his party under cover he went forward alone, swam across the river and having cut the 'leads' from the charges returned the same way, despite the fact that the bridge and all the approaches were swept by enemy shells and machine gun fire.  Although the bridge was blown up later in the day by other means, the abutments remained intact.  His Victoria Cross and Military Cross medal group were left to The Royal Engineers Museum on his death in 1971.  A Heroes sword with excellent provenance