Wonderful Collection of Personal Items to Lt Col CEC Bartlett MC AM South Staffordshire Reg.
Here for sale is a magnificent collection of personal items which all belonged to Lieutenant later Lieutenant Colonel Charles Edward Cox Bartlett; winner of the Military Cross, the Albert Medal, Croix de Guerre and mentioned in dispatches in 1915.
The items include his original sword with Sam Brown belt. The sword is a 1892 pattern infantry officers with an Edward VII cypher. The blade is of German manufacture made by Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie of Solingen and retailed and proofed in England, this mark is a worn in the centre so obscured, but an Albemarle street retailer. It has a replacement WW2 or later black scabbard. The sword is a little word and may have possibly been passed down to him, this needs researching. Also this lot comes with a printed bio from the Staffordshire regiment museum, please see this site at Charles E C Bartlett AM - victoriacross (vconline.org.uk) here there are pictures of him. The same brown belt he is wearing in one of the pictures must be the one with this sword.
An olive wood cigarette box with carved mother of pearl badge and engraved to Lt Col C.E.C. Bartlette. This is in good condition and measures 6 x 3.5 x 1.5 inches high.
A solid silver two handled cup given to him on the birth of his son in 1925. The solid silver cup is of good heavy gauge and is hallmarked for Birmingham 1920 (Jewellers stock) and it carries Wilmotts makers mark. It is engraved “John Francis Bartlett. Presented by the Warrant Officers and Sergeants of B company 1st battalion South Staffordshire regiment on his christening October 25th 1925.” The cup is in very good condition with a few dings here and there, which a good silversmith could take out easily. It measures 6 inches high x 7 inches from handle tip to tip.
A silver plated trophy cup for the Singapore Polo Club, known as the Barns Cup and awarded 1921 to the team of which Captain C.E.C. Bartlett is named on the cup. This is in fair order but has been well polished, but all names are clear and readable. It measures 4.6 inches high.
This lot comes with some research on this brave young officer a brief bio can be found below.
Charles was commissioned into the 1st South Staffordshire Regiment on 5th February 1913. The 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment were in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. They returned to England, landing Southampton on the 19th of September 1914 and joined 22nd Brigade in 7th Division at Lyndhurst where they were concentrating in the New Forest, Hampshire. The Division landed at Zeebrugge on the 6th of October 1914, to assist in the defence of Antwerp, they arrived too late prevent the fall of the city and took up defensive positions at important bridges and junctions to aid in the retreat of the Belgian army. The 7th Division then became the first British Troops to entrench in front of Ypres, suffering extremely heavy losses in the The First Battle of Ypres. By February 1915 the Division had been reinforced to fighting strength and they were in action at The Battle of Neuve Chapelle, The Battle of Aubers, The Battle of Festubert, The second action of Givenchy and The Battle of Loos. On the 20th of December 1915 the 1st South Staffs transferred to 91st Brigade still with 7th Division. In 1916 They were in action during the Battles of the Somme, including the capture Mametz, The Battle of Bazentin, the attacks on High Wood, The Battle of Delville Wood, The Battle of Guillemont and the Operations on the Ancre. In 1917 They fought during The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line and the flanking operations round Bullecourt during The Arras Offensive, before moving to Flanders for the Third Battle of Ypres, seeing action in The Battle of Polygon Wood, The Battle of Broodseinde, The Battle of Poelcapelle and The Second Battle of Passchendaele. In late 1917 the 7th Division was selected to move to Italy. They took up position in the line along the River Piave, in late January 1918. The Division played a central role in crossing the Piave, in October and the Battle of Vittoria Veneto.
He served throughout World War I and was Mentioned in Despatches. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre (France), and was also awarded the Military Cross in February 1915 along with the 1914 star trio with bar and roses.
He married Marion Eleanor Clarke in 1919 at Christ Church, Mayfair, London. He continued to serve after the end of WWI, in Singapore, Burma, India and Sudan, before he became Commanding Officer of 1 South Staffs in 1938. He served throughout WWII before retiring as Colonel in January 1946. Earning another MID in the second world war for North Africa.
Albert Medal Citation: On the 22nd February 1916, at St. Peter's Barracks. Jersey, one of the men under instruction at a bombing class, of which Lieutenant Bartlett was in charge, was practising with a catapult bomb thrower, and had removed the safety-pin from a bomb, holding back the lever with his finger. In placing the bomb in the sling he dropped it, and, in a fright, ran backwards, colliding with Lieutenant Bartlett, who had started to pick up the bomb. Lieutenant Bartlett, however, succeeded in reaching the bomb in time to throw it over the parapet into the air: where it exploded harmlessly. The bomb was timed to explode five seconds after the lever was released.
A wonderful lot to a very well decorated and brave officer, who gave no consequence to his own personal safety. His medals now reside in the Staffordshire regimental museum.
Shipping to UK mainland only via courier priced at £15.95