Original metal "flat cap" box Lt. Col. C.G. Wickam D.S.O 1st. Insp. Gen. R.U.C.

Lt. Col. Sir Charles George Wickam D.S.O. K.C.M.G. K.B.E. joined the Norfolk Regiment in 1899. He served in the 2nd. Boer war and was awarded the D.S.O. at the relief of Kimberly. He was then attached as Adj. to the Imperial Light Horse, Transvaal for a number of years before being posted to Russia as part of the B.E.F. and assisted the "white" movement during the Russian civil war. He served in France during the 1st. World War.
In 1919 he was sent to Ireland as Commissioner of the Northern area. 1922 saw him appointed as the first Inspector General of the of the newly formed Royal Ulster Constabulary, a position he held until 1945.
This metal campaign hat box belonged to him from his Boer war days and is in good used condition. I can only see one ding in the side. The interior is in very good order and would have been lined at some stage in order to keep his best "flat cap" pristine condition. A copper like finish has been added to the metal and gives a mottled like finish to the exterior. A brass plate on the top of the tin shows the maker as S. Gardner and Co., 1 Clifford Street, London. Carrying handle on the lid and the catch on the side, which can be padlocked, are both tight.
Sir Charles lived out his retirement days in Comber, Co. Down and died in 1971.
Size Dia. 12 inches. Circumference 36 inches.
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