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Binoculars Named to Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Article about: Hi all. Picked these up at the car boot this morning. They are a nice pair of Verres binos in good condition. Obviously it was the fact they are named and the attribution to the Royal Welsh

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    Default Binoculars Named to Royal Welsh Fusiliers

    Hi all. Picked these up at the car boot this morning. They are a nice pair of Verres binos in good condition. Obviously it was the fact they are named and the attribution to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers that drew me to them. Having done some very tentative research, mainly via the London Gazette, it is possible that the owner of these was Henry Cecil Prescott who became a 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd RWF on 16th April 1901. Clearly with only the initials it is hard to know for sure, however, this is thus far the only name match I have found for the RWF.

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    Very nice mate and you know where to send them if you get bored with them!
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    I do indeed. You will be top of the list Just trying to find out a bit more about the owner.

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    The third Bn RWF was formed in 1881 from the Royal Denbigh and Merioneth Rifle Militia and then in 1908 they were merged with the 4th Bn RWF, formerly the Royal Caernarvon Rifle Corps, to form the 3rd (Special Reserve) Bn and at the same time 4 new TA Bn's were formed from the former Volunteer Bn's, the 4th Denbighshire, 5th Flintshire, 6th Caernarvonshire & Angelsey and 7th Merioneth & Montgomeryshire.

    Good luck with the research.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Thanks. Will post if I find anything.

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    Henry Cecil Prescott
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Lieutenant-Colonel
    Henry Cecil Prescott
    CMG CIE
    Born 1 March 1882
    Cheshire, England
    Died 3 August 1960 (aged 78)
    Saint Peter, Jersey
    Allegiance United Kingdom
    Service/branch British Army
    British India
    Years of service 1900-28
    Rank Lieutenant-Colonel
    Battles/wars South African War
    World War I
    Awards CMG CIE MID
    Other work Inspector-General of Iraq Police; Chief of Police, Southern Railways, India
    Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Cecil Prescott CMG CIE (1 March 1882– 3 August 1960) was Inspector-General of Police in Iraq (1920-1935) and Chief of Police of the Southern Railway in India (1935–47).[1][2]

    Contents [hide]
    1 Early life
    2 Career
    3 Awards and honours
    4 Family life
    5 References
    Early life[edit]
    Henry Cecil Prescott was born in Cheshire on 1 March 1882, the son of Arthur Edward Prescott (who had died at the time of the 1891 census) and Kathleen Ann Augusta Prescott.[3][4] He was educated at Bedford Modern School.[2]

    Career[edit]
    Prescott was commissioned in the 3rd (Militia) Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, and served as a lieutenant in the Second Boer War (1901–02), for which he received the Queen’s Medal with five clasps.[2] On his return to the United Kingdom, he received a commission in a regular regiment when he was appointed second lieutenant in The South Wales Borderers on 30 April 1902.[5] In 1903 he transferred to the Indian Army in the 69th Punjabis[6] until his appointment as Assistant Superintendent in the Burma Police in January 1908.[7] In December 1910 he was made District Superintendent of three districts in Burma.[7]

    At the outbreak of World War I, Prescott rejoined the Indian Army; he was promoted Major in August 1916.[8] In June 1917 he was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Iraq Police firstly in Basra and then in Baghdad.[8] In 1918 he was made Commissioner.[8] In 1920, Prescott was made Inspector-General of the Iraq Police until his resignation in 1935.[1][9] In a statement of service, he later wrote, ‘If it had not been for the seizing of power by the opposition (many of the leaders of whom I had arrested and placed in prison for the safety of the country) I should have remained in command for some years longer’.[8]

    Prescott was later made Chief of Police of the Southern Railway in India for 12 years until his retirement in 1947.[1]

    Awards and honours[edit]
    During World War I he was mentioned in despatches and made a Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire (CIE) in 1919.[2] In 1926 he was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG), and towards the end of his service in Iraq he received the Order of Al Rafidain 2nd Class.[2] A collection of his medals were sold at auction on 2 March 2005.[10]

    Family life[edit]
    A keen polo player, Prescott was in the championship team of Iraq for 1933, 1934 and 1935.[8] He married Mary Augusta, daughter of Edward Chisholm.[1] They had two sons, one of whom was killed on active service in 1939.[1] Prescott eventually retired to St. Peter’s, Jersey where he died on 3 August 1960.[8][11][12]
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    That's the chap

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    Quote by Spitace41 View Post
    That's the chap


    I found him on google search, cool
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Told you he was a high flyer. I found this and also I think I found the auction site where his medals were sold but I can't remember if it gave anymore details.

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    Quote by Spitace41 View Post
    Told you he was a high flyer. I found this and also I think I found the auction site where his medals were sold but I can't remember if it gave anymore details.
    https://www.dnw.co.uk/auction-archiv...&lot_id=109852 lot 984
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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