I had an email recently from Barry at D&B Militaria who’d bought a job lot of weaponry that had come from prop hire company Babty & Co. One of the items was a ceremonial cavalry sword that had the inscription Lt. N. Birtwistle 19th Royal Hussars. As mentioned in various posts, Norman Birtwistle was my great Uncle. He was Lieutenant in the 19th (Queen Alexandra’s Own Royal) Hussars who’d been awarded the MC, and was Killed In Action on Tuesday, 8th October 1918 aged 21. I picked up his sword today, which you can see above being held by my daughter Beth. The Sword may have been used as a prop in the film War House, which Beth is reading at her school as part of the 100th Anniversary of the start of WW1. She’s planning to show the sword to her class mates and talk about the part her great great uncle played in the war.