Great War Lonsdale Battalion Officer’s pair awarded to 2nd Lieutenant O.W. Hope, 7th (Westmoreland and Cumberland Yeomanry) Battalion, Border Regiment, formerly Artist’s Rifles, who was commissioned in March 1917, and then saw service on the Western Front before being sent home sick in late April 1918, and ending up on some service with the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry.
British War Medal and Victory Medal; (2.LIEUT. O.W. HOPE.)
Oscar William Hope was born on 17th January 1893 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, and having moved with his family to Carlisle, was then educated at Carlisle Grammar School, prior to getting work as both a schoolmaster and as a mechanical engineer. Hope was working as a mechanical engineer in Sheffield when he attested for service on 15th November 1916 as a Rifleman (No.9454 later No.763456) with the 28th County of London Battalion - the Artist’s Rifles, London Regiment, Territorial Force. After home service with the 2nd/28th Battalion, Hope was selected for a commission, and was then commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into the Border Regiment on 1st March 1917. Hope then saw service out on the Western Front with the 7th (Westmoreland and Cumberland Yeomanry) Battalion, but was then taken sick and posted home on 21st April 1918. From then on he saw home service, being promoted to temporary Lieutenant with the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry on 1st September 1918, he eventually relinquished his commission on account of ill health in March 1919, and was awarded the Silver War Badge.