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2nd King Edward’s Horse - Presentation Desk Set, 1916
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2nd King Edward’s Horse - Presentation Desk Set, 1916

Measurements: Height of box: 22cm (8.75in)

£1575

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Silver mounted morocco covered writing compendium, comprising stationary box, blotter and diary cover bearing the regimental badge and all edged in silver. The desk blotter bearing a silver plaque inscribed: 'To / Major Sheldon Craddock, D.S.O. / from / N.C.O’s and Men / of / A Squadron 2nd King Edward’s Horse / September, 1916’; together with battle honour scrolls ‘Festubert’, ‘Givenchy’, ‘The Somme’, ‘Messines’, ‘Kemmel’ and Ploegstret’. Maker’s mark of Grey & Co., London. Hallmarked Chester 1916.

Major Sheldon William Keith Craddock, D.S.O., (1858-1922) of Hartforth Hall, Richmond, North Yorkshire, was commissioned into the 5th Dragoon Guards and saw active service in the 1882 Egyptian Campaign. He served with the Imperial Yeomanry during the Boer War (1899-1902), and was mentioned in despatches and awarded the Distinguished Service Order (London Gazette, 27.9.1901). In 1914 he was given command of a squadron in 2nd King Edward’s Horse which was raised by the Birmingham M.P. and former frontiersman Sir John Norton-Griffiths. Initially 2 King Edward's Horse was brigaded with Canadian cavalry, but it soon lost its horses and went to France and into the trenches as part of the Canadian Division in April 1915. After trench duty, 2KEH was re-horsed and served as a two squadron regiment, with Craddock’s ‘B’ Squadron acting as divisional cavalry to the 56th (London) Division. In June 1916 2KEH was joined by a service squadron of the 21st Lancers and formed XIV Corps Cavalry Regiment. In August 1917 the unit was broken up and the remaining members of 2KEH were absorbed into the Tank Corps. Major Craddock died unmarried on 5 July 1922 at his ancestral seat Hartforth Hall. His brother Rear Admiral Kit Craddock died a hero’s death at the Battle of Coronel in 1914 leading the  Royal Navy’s 4th Cruiser Squadron against the Vice-Admiral Maximilian von Spee’s vastly superior East Asiatic Squadron in South American waters.
 

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