An impressive Edwardian Highland Light Infantry pipe banner
Lot 501
An impressive Edwardian Highland Light Infantry pipe banner
£700 - 900
US$ 920 - 1,200

The Scottish Sale
Part II

30 Aug 2012, 11:00 BST

Edinburgh

Lot Details
An impressive Edwardian Highland Light Infantry pipe banner
An impressive Edwardian Highland Light Infantry pipe banner
The cream silk field with worked with HLI monogram surrounded by battle honours and crown above the obverse with coat of arms of Lt Co. C.J Wallace, contained in its black japanned tin, with applied brass cartouche engraved 'Lt Col. C.J Wallace Highland Light Infantry' and an oval cartouche for 'Roger & Company 8 New Burlington Street Savile row London',
38cm wide, 60cm high.

Footnotes

  • Lt.Col.Charles John Wallace served with the 2nd Battalion Highland Light Infantry through the First World War and into the 1930s. Despite a distinguished career, there is evidence of a level of unpopularity among his men highlighted in an extract from 'Proud Heritage, The Story of the Highland Light Infantry', volume four, page 120. The passage describes that whilst at camp at Tain the then Major Wallace courted the retribution of his subalterns by his, 'nagging references to the noise they were making.'. To exact their revenge the soldiers collected the bins from the cook houses and emptied them around his tent to be greeted the following morning by a chorus of very noisy seagulls!
    Through the First World War Lt Col. Wallace was awarded the O.B.E. (Military Division), the Military Cross, the Croix de Guerre with palm and was mentioned in dispatches five times.

    We are grateful to Sandy Leishman and the Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum for their assistance in cataloguing this piece.
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