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Title Sir George Savage's Challenge Shield (fencing), 1914
Nationality British
Period 1914
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This medal was the second prize, issued by the London Epee Club to the F Grave's School of Arms team: G Ames, Captain; C H Biscoe; G Cornet; E Biedermann, who was later killed as a 2nd Lieutenant and pilot in 57 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps on 10.8.17.

George Ames had a distinguished career in the Royal Artillery, winning the MC in 1917. Charles Biscoe, British epee champion in 1924 and runner-up the following year, represented GB at three Olympic Games: 1920, 1924 and 1928. Harry Charles Ernest Biedermann is commemorated on the Arras Memorial (Oxfordshire Yeomanry/RFC).

The medal celebrates the sport of epee fencing in England, introduced from France in 1900. Felix Grave was a noted Edwardian professor of epee de combat. He was the only one to write a treatise. The London Epee Club is still going and, indeed, the Savage Shield is still awarded on an annual basis.

This is a bronze example and is only GVF on account of the slightly pickled look on both sides - old fingerprints, I suspect.

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[Militaria : Medals : British : 20th Century]

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