SOLD – A George V1 naval officers sword, dirk and telescope all engraved for Lieutenant Frederick Edward Spratt. The blades of the sword and dirk are both finely engraved, both with fishskin handles, lions head pommel with rope and troddel knot, gilded brass to the hilts and sheaths and contained in their oil skin covers. Together with a single draw, Officer of the Watch, nickel silver telescope inscribed, ‘Gieves Ltd. No 8981. F.E. Spratt’. The telescope gives an excellent image when viewing. All in excellent condition noting some fraying to the end of the troddel on the dirk.
Lieutenant F.E. Spratt was an officer on board the “S” class submarine ‘Syrtis’ during WW2 when it was sunk off the coast of Norway with the loss of all life (48 souls).
The ‘Syrtis’ was laid down on 14th October 1941, built at the Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead and launched on Feb 4th 1943.
Syrtis left Lerwick on 16th March 1944 for a patrol off the Norwegian coast. On 20th March she was ordered to an area near Bodo, some 70 miles inside the Arctic Circle. Two days later she sank the steamer Narvik with gunfire. On the 28th a signal was sent to Syrtis ordering her to return to Lerwick. This signal was never acknowledged and the submarine failed to return. German reports indicate the sinking of a submarine in the Bodo area at the time by shore batteries, but the most likely cause of her loss is a mine.
Frederick Edward Spratt is mentioned on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 81, Column 1 (memorial ID 56706732 ).
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