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Ulster Home Guard Presentation Shileleagh, 1944
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Ulster Home Guard Presentation Shileleagh, 1944

Measurements: Length: 51cm (20in)

£875

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Irish bog oak Shileleagh carved with shamrocks, a harp and ‘Ulster’, applied with silver presentation plaque inscribed 'Presented to Major W.M. Copeland by the Officers N.C.Os and Men of D Company 4th Down Battalion Ulster Home Guard as a Token of Their Esteem 31st 12th 44’

A handy weapon presented to Ulsterman Major Bill Copeland to mark the national stand down of the Home Guard in late 1944. Major Copeland was a popular officer … ‘tailor-made for the job as he had done some soldiering in his early days, and knew what army life was all about. When he marched at the head of his column of men on parade he was every inch a soldier and he had our respect.’ Moreover, ‘Major Copeland possessed a noted dry wit which came to the fore when he once lectured to a squad of men on the do's-and-don'ts of bayonet fighting. "Don't", he said, "penetrate your enemy by more than three inches, more than this is extravagant and time-consuming. Do remember to withdraw your bayonet from your adversary's body as he gets very hard to carry on the end of your rifle after a few hundred yards! Don't fling him over your shoulder like a sheaf of corn as you are liable to blind your buddies charging in the rear.’
 

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