J S Ashford
Pre World War One Royal Navy Warrant Officers Sword
Royal Navy Warrant Officer’s Sword C.1910
This sword was the possession of a Boatswain W. J. S. Ashford of the Royal
Navy, who died of an illness in 1919.
I understand that these swords are far rarer than the similar officer’s
sword as there were fewer Naval Warrant Officers serving and, unlike the
officer’s swords, these swords had to be returned upon completion of
Perhaps this is why the sword was never returned to the Navy.
The blade itself is finely etched with scrolls, anchors and the Royal Coat
of Arms. The base of the blade is marked ‘J. Friedeberg, Queen St.,
The sword comes with the regulation hilt with folding brass side guard,
the original gold pommel and sword knot are attached and in perfect
condition. The leather scabbard is brass mounted and in excellent
Included with the sword is the original traveling black leather carrying
case although this has seen better days.
William's World War One Medal Trio comprising
1914-15 Star, World War One Medal and Victory Medal
They are all marked to “Bosn W J S Ashford RN”.
died on 16th April 1919 after an illness, nothing more is known about
Official record: 5816 ASHFORD WILLIAM J. S. BOATSWAIN 16-Apr-1919 ILLNESS
His sword and his medals were for sale online in September 2005:
1914-1915 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal - Bos’n. W. J.
S. Ashford R.N. Died 16-9-1919 whilst serving on HMS Repulse & buried
in Portsmouth (Kingston) Cemetery. (NEF) £115
contact Andy (webmaster) with any information.
Information provided by
Harry Pitt, Don Kindell and CWGC.
War Graves Commission record:
J S ASHFORD
Nationality: United Kingdom
Regiment: Royal Navy
Unit Text: H.M.S. Repulse
Date of Death: 16/04/1919
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Aylwin's. 13. 21.
Cemetery: PORTSMOUTH (KINGSTON) CEMETERY