Stock Ref: AST 1795

An outstanding example of a post WWI George V sword to Captain Bertram Stope Pemberton ( Max) who saw active service during WW2, and was Director of the Undersurface Warfare Division of the Royal Navy from May 1957- September 1959. The sword with minor refurbishment would be suitable for a current serving Officer.

80cm (31.5”) slightly almost straight single fullered blade with flat back and spear point. The blade is double edged for the last 10”. Frost etched blade with on one side the crowned royal cypher for George V, and scrolling foliage contained within rope work designed borders. On the other side a crowned fouled anchor with scrolling foliage in rope work designed borders, royal coat of arms and brass proof disc with a centred S (Gieves of Devonport)

Solid brass gothic style hilt with crowned fouled anchor and Tudor crown. Lions head pommel with full length mane back piece. White fish skin grip bound with brass wire. Fold down guard. Naval blue and gold sword knot.

Maker: Gieves (Traded from various addresses in Devonport between 1930-1956)

Dated: 1 January 1931 (The Tudor Crown was adopted for the guard in 1901, and the blade was made straight from 1937, the blade width was reduced to between 16-21mm in 1929)

Black leather scabbard with brass mounts.

The sword and scabbard are in excellent condition. The blade is in very good condition with only some very  some minor staining. The etchings remain as new. The guard and grip are in very good order. The scabbard is as new the seam is good and the brass mounts undamaged. The sword knot is in very good condition.

Bertram Stope Pemberton (Known as Max) was born in Swansea in 1912. He was commissioned as a Midshipman on 1 January 1931, on 1 August 1934 he was appointed a Sub Lieutenant and the records show he was on a Landing Craft L54. In August 1939 he was appointed as a full Lieutenant A/S on HMS Tartar a Tribal Class Destroyer where he saw significant active service. He later transferred to HMS Onslow an O class Flotilla Leader where he took part in the Vaagso Raid.

By October 1942 he had been promoted to Lieutenant Commander and transferred to Woolwich where he was in charge of Anti Submarine Operations. After various other appointments including promotion to Commander and to Captain, he was Director of the Undersurface Warfare Division of the Royal Navy from May 1957- September 1959.

He married Sheila Elizabeth Naylor in 1937 and died in February 2003 and he and his wife are buried in the Irish Church, Kincraig, Scotland.

Further research into this interesting Officer is needed.


Naval Records x 4

HMS Tartar – War record when Pemberton served

HMS Onslow – War record when Pemberton served

Photos of HMSTartar and HMS Onslow 

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