A scarce and unusual Victoria Cross / Masonic related inter war / WW2 period swagger stick with integrated compass to the pommel.The shaft would appear to be made from Bakelite and has a brass ferrule and pommel, the latter having a hinged lid, which when opened it reveals a small compass.The inside of the lid is engraved with a Masonic symbol, and the top of the lid has the makers mark of Lawrence & Mayo.The circumference of the pommel is engraved G.T.Lyall V.C which relates to Graham Thomas Lyall, who was a British born Canadian officer serving in the 102nd battalion.Lyall won his Victoria Cross in late September 1918, with the citation appearing in the London Gazette in December 1918.It reads as follows:On September 27th, 1918, when the leading company was halted near Boulon Wood by an enemy strong point Lt. G. T. Lyall executed a flank movement with his platoon and captured it together with prisoners and its guns. Later that day his much weakened platoon was held up by machine guns at the southern end of the wood. Lt. Lyall led forward his few remaining men, then rushed the position single-handed, killing the officer in charge, and took it with its machine guns, capturing numerous prisoners. Advancing, he secured his final objective and still more prisoners. On October 1st, near Blecourt, by skilful disposition of the weak company he then commanded, he overcame another strongly held position, seizing numerous guns and many prisoners. In these two days Lt. Lyall captured 3 officers, 182 other ranks, 26 machine guns and 1 field gun, and inflicted heavy losses on the enemy. He showed throughout most conspicuous bravery, high powers of command, and skilful leadership.Lyall also served during WW2 in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps where he attained the rank of Lt Col.Given the award date of his V.C it would date from the post WW1 era, but as no rank is given on the engraved pommel it’s impossible to say exactly when in dates from.He died from a heart attack in 1941 while on active service in Egypt.Approximately 69.7cm length.Condition: generally very good.Some light service wear to the shaft and brass mounts.The compass would seem to operate as it should.
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