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Prominent Brigadier General & Met Police Commissioner Sir William Thomas Francis Horwood

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Thanks for viewing! Second post here and absolutely love the site. I picked up see wonderful items from this gentlemen down south (USA) and wanted to see if anyone was able to pick anything up I missed? Unfortunately they elected to split up his wonderful grouping but I have a bunch. Here is a partial items I was lucky enough to keep together


Has anyone seen this gentlemen and his paraphernalia  in museums??  I he has a o/c in the National Portrait Gallery









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Thanks for posting. Really nice collection. I’d like a closer look at the vellum document and the medals bar if you get a chance. Is there any etching on the blade to indicate whether it’s police or army related? 

By the way, welcome to GMIC. What else do you collect?


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Ill try to dig it up, moving down south soon so everything is packaged away. I think a photo here details the medals.


Interestingly enough, I was able to find his last miniature medal that fell off that was tucked away in the medallion case.


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A bit of info on all the 'bling':

On the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, Horwood was recalled to the Army on 5 August and appointed a Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General at the War Office, with the temporary rank of major.[5] In 1915, he went to France as Provost Marshalof the General Headquarters of the British Expeditionary Force. He remained in this post until the end of the war, being awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) on 4 June 1917 and being appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) on 1 January 1919. He was also mentioned in despatches seven times and was awarded the Croix de guerre by both France and Belgium. He was also an Officer of the French Légion d'honneur, an Officer of the Order of Léopold and the Order of the Crownof Belgium, a Commander of the Order of the Dannebrog of Denmark, a 2nd Class Member of the Order of the Rising Sun of Japan, a Grand Cordon of the Order of the Crown of Romania, a member of the Order of the Crown of Italy and of the Order of the Star of Ethiopia. Horwood ended the war as a substantive captain, brevet lieutenant-colonel and temporary brigadier-general.

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