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Grenadier Guards - Silver Presentation Inkwell, 1908
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Grenadier Guards - Silver Presentation Inkwell, 1908

Measurements: Diameter: 14cm (5.5in)



Silver and glass. The hinged lid engraved with the Edwardian regimental cypher inscribed 'Presented / to the / Sergeants' Mess / 3rd Bn. Grenadier Guards / by / Capt. W.D. Drury Lowe / On leaving the Regiment / 1908’. Maker’s mark of Carrington & Co., of 130 Regent Street, London. Hallmarked London 1908.

Captain William Drury Drury-Lowe, D.S.O. (1877-1916) was the grandson of William Drury-Lowe of Locko Park, Derbyshire. His uncle was Lieutenant-General Sir Drury Curzon Drury-Lowe who commanded the 17th Lancers at Ulundi in 1879 and the cavalry at Tel-el-Kebir in 1882. Captain W.D. Drury-Lowe was born at 19 Portman Square, London, and educated at Eton. In February 1900 he was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards and served with the 3rd Battalion in South Africa from 1901-1902. He succeeded his father to the Locko estates in 1906, and in July 1908 resigned from the regular army with the rank of Captain. He was subsequently gazetted to the Territorial Force and commanded the 2nd (Derby) Battery, 4th North Midland (Howitzer) Brigade, Royal Field Artillery and took it to France as a Major. In February 1915 he was appointed to command the 4th North Midland (Howitzer) Brigade but requested to rejoin his old regiment and was posted to the 1st battalion, in his old rank. He was killed in action on the Somme while commanding the King's Company on 25 September 1916. His estates passed to his younger brother John A.E. Drury-Lowe. He married in 1902 the Hon. Hylda Harriet Marianne Sugden. There was no issue from the marriage.

‘The Grenadier Guards in the Great War’, records: ‘As the King's Company advanced and took the third objective, its commander, Captain Drury-Lowe, was killed by a shell while he was consulting Captain Hargreaves of the Irish Guards. He had already gained the D.S.O. in the artillery battery in which he had fought through the first years of the war, and would have no doubt have earned further distinction had he lived, for he was a man without fear and a worthy commander of the King's Company.’