A WORLD WAR TWO KUKRI KNIFE SIGNED 'H.W.',
dated for 1945 and made for the Indian Army, with strongly curved 12in. blade marked 'SA' over '25' and 'H.W. 45' (some light staining), single short narrow fuller to both sides, moulded wood hilt with raised central band and fixed via two large iron rivets, domed iron pommel-cap and complete with its brown leather scabbard with stapled iron drag, the throat marked 'CA 1945' over 'C/I\651', no frog
Provenance: This kukri was the property of Gunner William Blackett - originally of the Royal Artillery. Blackett was enrolled with the artillery on 15-12-1939 serving in North Africa and fighting at Tobruk. On the 7-12-1943 he transferred to the Signals where he served in Burma and apparently fought with the Chindits in 1944 and later took possession of this knife. In 1946 he further transferred to the Army Reserve. Copies of transfer documents and hand written notes on his career are included with the lot
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