The Essex Regiment - A George V Presentation Cup, 1923
The Essex Regiment - A George V Presentation Cup, 1923
The Essex Regiment - A George V Presentation Cup, 1923
The Essex Regiment - A George V Presentation Cup, 1923
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The Essex Regiment - A George V Presentation Cup, 1923

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Height:  17.2cm (6.77in)

Sterling Silver. Presentation cup bearing the insignia of The Essex Regiment (56th Foot) and inscribed around the rim, ‘To Major Freeston M.C., M.B.E. On Leaving The Pompadours October 1923 From His Brother Officers’. Marked Sterling Silver’ with Indian mark “Calcutta, Lahore, Simla, Delhi” to the base

Major Sidney Freeston (b. 1869) was commissioned Lieutenant and Quartermaster from the ranks in 1910, having been Sergeant-Major since 1902. He served in France and Flanders throughout the First World War as the 2nd battalion quartermaster and was promoted Captain ‘for services in the field’ in 1915. He was present with 2nd Essex in its attack on the Grandcourt Pusieux Ridge on the First Day of the Battle of the Somme (1July 1916) which saw 24 officers and 606 other ranks reduced to 2 officers and 192 other ranks available for duty by nightfall. As Quartermaster Freeston was in charge of the battalion transport section of fifty men and a similar number of horses. His daily round was the ceaseless drawing of supplies and provisioning the battalion with food, water, fuel, post, ammunition and tools, machine-guns and ordnance. He was thrice mentioned in despatches over the course of his four years service in France and Flanders. 

Height:  17.2cm (6.77in)

Sterling Silver. Presentation cup bearing the insignia of The Essex Regiment (56th Foot) and inscribed around the rim, ‘To Major Freeston M.C., M.B.E. On Leaving The Pompadours October 1923 From His Brother Officers’. Marked Sterling Silver’ with Indian mark “Calcutta, Lahore, Simla, Delhi” to the base

Major Sidney Freeston (b. 1869) was commissioned Lieutenant and Quartermaster from the ranks in 1910, having been Sergeant-Major since 1902. He served in France and Flanders throughout the First World War as the 2nd battalion quartermaster and was promoted Captain ‘for services in the field’ in 1915. He was present with 2nd Essex in its attack on the Grandcourt Pusieux Ridge on the First Day of the Battle of the Somme (1July 1916) which saw 24 officers and 606 other ranks reduced to 2 officers and 192 other ranks available for duty by nightfall. As Quartermaster Freeston was in charge of the battalion transport section of fifty men and a similar number of horses. His daily round was the ceaseless drawing of supplies and provisioning the battalion with food, water, fuel, post, ammunition and tools, machine-guns and ordnance. He was thrice mentioned in despatches over the course of his four years service in France and Flanders.