Original WW2 British Army Officer Khaki Woollen Scarf - Mantell
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About this item
An original private purchase knitted khaki wool scarf which belonged to Captain John Campbell Mantell M.B.E. who served with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment during the Second World War and in Palestine.
J. C. Mantell was an officer with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and is listed in the October 1944 Gazette as and again in August 1945. In late 1944 or early 1945 he saved a number of men in his section whilst on a training exercise in Wales when a hand grenade landed in the trench he was standing in. He picked it up and got it clear of the trench and his men but wounded his hand in the process which meant he spent some months recovering. He went on to serve in Palestine where the regiment was involved in internal security operations during the Jewish Insurgency.
This scarf is possibly a home knitted example or was bought privately by the original owner. It is one of two scarfs which were found in his trunk and is quite small in size, measuring just 4" wide.
It is in good condition with some signs of age etc. Please study the pictures and bear in mind that it is a vintage item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
A very nice original item which has known provenance.