Original British WWII Sterling Silver Bugle Awarded To Lieutenant George Arthur Knowland
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is really what heroes are made of! Born august 16th 1922, Lieutenant George Arthur Knowland joined the Royal Norfolk regiment in 1940 as a private. Commissioned by the end of 1941 he was then attached to the number one commando unit. On January 31st 1945, in command of just 24 commandos, his unit defended hill 170 against a vicious assault of over 300 hardened Japanese troops. Holding their ground for more than 12 hours and inflicting horrendous losses on the enemy his force took more than 50% casualties. Lieutenant Knowland's valor is discussed in detail in the enclosed V.C. Citation, including his shooting of a 2" mortar from the hip as a last recourse. Unfortunately he was killed in action at the age of just 22 years of age.
The bugle is fully engraved with the presentation details and hall marked. Sterling silver bugles were very rarely awarded and only from the highest authority. See V.C. Citation script and copy photograph included. Truly a WW2 British national hero!
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