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Grenadier Guards -  A Great War Presentation Cigarette Case, 1914
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Grenadier Guards - A Great War Presentation Cigarette Case, 1914

Measurements: Height: 8.5cm (3.3in)

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Silver. Of convex rectangular form, the sprung hinged lid inscribed ‘To / Drill Sergeant Speller / Grenadier Guards / From / Sir Augustus Webster’. Gilt interiorMaker’s mark of J.W. Barrett. Hallmarked 1909. 

Major Sir Augustus Frederick Walpole Edward Webster, 8th Baronet, was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards in 1884. His son and heir Second Lieutenant Godfrey Vassall George Augustus Webster was educated at Eton and Sandhurst, and was commissioned into the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards in November 1916. He was killed in action at Ypres on the night of 3-4 August 1917, being hit by a shell during the battalion’s relief of 1st Scots Guards. The baronetcy (Webster of Battle Abbey) became extinct upon the death of Sir Augustus in 1923.

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