Stock Ref: AST 1783

A good example of a pre WW1 Infantry Officers sword to Kenneth Markham Rose of the Essex Regiment with extensive documentation.

82.75cm (32.5”) straight dumbbell shaped blade rounded on the back and edge with a deep central fuller and spear point. The heavily etched blade is decorated on both sides with the crowned royal coat of arms above the royal cypher for Edward VII, above a laurel wreath and extensive foliate and strap work designs. On one side there is a brass proof disc, and on the other the makers name, by warrant mark and the owners initials K M R (Kenneth Markham Rose). The back of the blade is numbered 42107.

Plated steel three-quarter basket hilt with a scroll pattern and pierced strap work incorporating a crown and the royal cypher of Edward VII. Fish skin grip with silver wire. Cross hatched back piece.

Maker: Henry Wilkinson, Pall Mall, London

Dated: 18 February 1909

Brown leather field service scabbard.

The sword and scabbard are in good condition.The blade is free from rust but has an overall patina and some staining. However, the original etchings remain very clear. The guard has an overall patina  new and is firm on the tang. The fish skin grip and wire bindings are as new. The scabbard has a repair, but is otherwise in good condition and the seam is good.

Kenneth Markham Rose

Was born on the 27 June 1889 at Netley Abbey, Hampshire the only son of Colonel John Markham Rose and Edith M Rose originally of East Markham in Nottinghamshire. Initially boarding at the Hall, Shipdham, Norfolk, he later went to Cheltenham College before joining the Army. Following his father he joined the Essex Regiment in 1912 and after the outbreak of War in 1914 he was attached to the Gambia Company, Royal West African Frontier Force. He was killed leading a Company of the RWAFF against German troops at the Mbila river, Cameroons on the 3 May 1915. In his memory his parents erected a stained glass window at St John the Baptist Church in East Markham. He was posthumously awarded the 1915 Star, and the War and Victory Medals.


  • Wilkinson Sword Record
  • Medal Roll Index Card
  • Picture of Kenneth Markham Rose in West Africa
  • Newspaper In Memoriam notice
  • Newspaper article on K M Rose
  • Entry in Register of Soldiers Effects. (Although not specifically listed it is presumed that Rose’s sword was returned with other effects to his parents from The Gambia).
  • Article on the Gambia Company RWAFF detailing the action in which Lieutenant Rose was killed
  • 2 x Census Returns – 1890 & 1901
  • Extract from Probate Register
  • Article and Pictures about the stained glass window in East Markham

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