Real life Sharpe’s sword goes on display in Leeds

Ruth Leach, curator of exhibitions, with  a sword which once belonged to a real life Sharpe.

Ruth Leach, curator of exhibitions, with a sword which once belonged to a real life Sharpe.

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A sword which once belonged to a real life Sharpe, who worked his way up through the ranks more than 200 years ago, has gone on display at Leeds City Museum.

The weapon was awarded to Captain William Jackson in 1800 by his soldiers for his “enduring attention to them in his duty”.

Similar to Richard Sharpe from the ‘Sharpe’ novels and television series, Captain Jackson rose from humble beginnings to become a popular officer in the Leeds Volunteer Army.

Kitty Ross, Leeds Museums and Galleries curator of social history, said: “He must have inspired a great deal of loyalty and devotion among the troops for them to have awarded him with a blade like this.

“We’re very fortunate to have the opportunity to tell the story of a man who was clearly a very popular and inspirational figure by having this historic sword on display.”