The Berkshire Yeomanry - An Equestrian Regimental Presentation Figure, 1936
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Overall height: 29cm (11.4in)
Provenance: Major Sir David Black, 3rd Bt.
Silver. Equestrian figure of a mounted trooper of the 1/1st Berkshire Yeomanry in foreign service pattern uniform worn during the 1916 campaign in the Western Desert and during the British advance on Jerusalem in 1917. Raised on a stepped ebonised wood plinth applied with the White Horse of Uffington badge of the Berkshire Yeomanry to one side and a Star & Crescent regimental collar badge to the other. Maker’s mark of James Dixon & Son, Sheffield. Height of silver figure 20cm high (7.8in).
Major Sir (Robert) David Black, 3rd & last Baronet (1929-2021) was educated at Eton and was commissioned Cornet into the Royal Horse Guards in 1949. In 1952 during the Lying-in-State of King George VI in Westminster Great Hall, he was one of the officers who stood Vigil on the coffin and took part in the Sovereign’s Escort funeral procession from Westminster to Paddington Station. He rode as the Escort Commander to The Queen Mother, riding alongside her coach at the 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Later the same year he was part of the Sovereign’s Escort when the Queen presented new Standards to the Household Cavalry in Home Park, Windsor. He served in Cyprus during EOKA terrorist campaign, and as Adjutant of the Inns of Court (The Devil’s Own) before resigning his Regular Army commission in 1961. He was afterwards Major in the Berkshire and Westminster Dragoons (T.A.); Master, Chairman, and President of the Garth and South Berks hunt; Honorary Colonel of 94 (Berkshire Yeomanry) Signal Squadron; and High Sheriff of Oxfordshire. He was also Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Caithness where he spent three months of the year stalking on his Scottish estate and on occasion entertaining his neighbour the Queen Mother.
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