Boer War Sword

This sword was originally purchased in 1896 by Sir Evelyn Wood VC to give to his son Arthur, who had just joined the 2nd Battalion of The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).

Sir Evelyn Wood had also served with the 2nd Battalion and had commanded it for a short time. He later went on to win the Victoria Cross medal and become a Field Marshall.

Arthur Wood took the sword with him to South Africa during the Boer War from 1899 to 1902, but lost it, probably in battle.

In the 1950s a farmer in South Africa dug up the sword in his field, after hitting it with his plough. He recognised the badge of The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) and had it presented to the museum in 1958.

The scabbard, or cover for the blade, has rusted from its time buried in the earth, but the blade is in surprisingly good condition.

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Boer War Sword

The hilt of the sword showing the badge of The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).

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Lt Col Evelyn Wood portrait

Lt Col Evelyn Wood in 1874, just after serving with the 90th Perthshire Regiment in the Ashanti campaign.

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Captain Arthur Wood

Captain Arthur Wood, the owner of the sword.

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Field Marshal Sir Evelyn Wood

Field Marshal Sir Evelyn Wood VC inspecting the men of the 2nd Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) upon their return from the Boer War.