WW1 11th (Donegal and Fermanagh) Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Telescope.
An extremely rare Battalion issue two draw telescope, the leather tooled with “11th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers No9”. The telescope is signed “THE NCO TELESCOPE J.H. STEWARD 406 & 457 STRAND LONDON.” The brass two draw body retains the polished brown leather cover and one leather end cup. Some service Wear. Optics look clear, but sold as a Historical Collectors Item.
The 11th Bn was raised by volunteers from Donegal and Fermanagh at Omagh in September 1914. The lack of issue equipment at the time often found Battalions self funding, usually by public subscription, I think it is possible that at least nine telescopes were purchased and presented to the Battalion this been one of them before embarkation to France. The Battalion landed in October 1915 and on the 1st July 1916 the first day of the Battle of the Somme was in the thick of it as part of the 36th Division. The Bn remained on the Western Front through the war and was disbanded in January 1918. I think there can be little doubt this telescope was there, a rare opportunity to acquire a been there and done it item
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