LIEUTENANT COLONEL PERCY JOHN PILPOTT M.C. D.C.M
This officer has held the appointment of Assistant Director Auxilary Services on Canadian Section, 1Echelon, Headquarters 21 Army Group since it was formed and for several (word missing) has held other appointments in the Auxilary Services Branch. He has, throughout, rendered most valuable service and his untiring energy and zeal has contributed a very great deal to the welfare of the soldiers of the Canadian Army Overseas. In the period February to April 1 ,1945 he has done outstanding work in organizing canteens and receation for the troops of 1 Canadian Corps along the route of their move from Italy to Belgium, in promoting recreational facilities for the First Canadian Army and in planning for the post- hostilities period. The devotion to duty and enthusiasm of the Auxilary Services have been a great factor in maintaining the good moral of the the Canadian troops. Lietenant Colonel Philpott has played a leading part in this excellent work; his personal contribution and example are worthy of the highest praise.
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LIEUTENANT PERCY JOHH PHILPOTT D.C.M.
(46th Battlalion, Canadian Infantry, Saskatchewan Regiment)
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty before Dury and Ecourt-St Quentin, 2nd to 4th September 1918. In the assault he led his platoon brilliantly and mopped up the area in Dury Wood alotted to it, capturing over one hundred prisoners and inflicting severe casulaties on the enemy. After the objective had been made, he rescued a fellow-officer who was wounded under very heavy enemy machine-gun and rifle fire and carried him across the open to a place of safety. On the 3rd September, he with another officer and two scouts, made a daring and difficult reconnassiance of the enemy's positions on the Canal du Nord, advancing within one hundred yards of the enemy's outposts and coming under their machine-gun fire. The information he obtained and brought back was of the utmost value.
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26372 - SEGEANT PERCY JOHN PILPOTT
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. With a small party he rescued three wounded men under very heavy fire. On another occasion he assumed command of and handled his platoon with great courage and determination.
- 1936 Vimy Pilgrimage
- Past Branch President (Saskatoon Legion)
- Past Provinical President (Saskatchewan)
Little is known how Lt Col.Philpott came to possess this ceremonial sword. It is said that he received it from a German officer. Documentation has Lt. Philpott capturing 100 German soldiers and the area commandant on Sept 2nd, 1918. It may be at this time that he come into possession of the sword .
The sword itself is definately German in origin. The lion's head handle is common in German military swords. Lt Col. Pilpott's sword is almost identical to one that sold recently on-line. That sword was a Damascus Pre-WW1 German Saxon Officer Sword .