The Tiger, inscription of K.I.A. WW1

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Inscription: “2nd Battalion The Hampshire Regiment. In memory of all Officers who lost their lives between 1914 – 1918.”
The name of every officer to make the ultimate sacrifice whilst serving with the 2nd Battalion the Hampshire Regiment during the Great War is inscribed on silver plaques on either side of the base.

This piece is one of the most poignant in the Officers’ Mess of the Second Battalion. Its form is that of a large silver tiger, standing passant and solemn looking, mounted on a large wooden plinth in black with silver plaques on both sides. It is here that the names of the fallen officers are inscribed. The number of names that make up this sombre roll are what give great weight and sorrow to the piece and are an indication of the level of sacrifice made by the Officers of the Hampshire’s during that most costly of Britain’s wars. The Tiger traditionally adorns the entrance to the Officers’ Mess of the 2nd Battalion.