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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:51 am 
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Hi guys have an unusual but cap on this issued Battallion type,never seen one like it before,thinking Ww1 or slightly earlier, slightly like an Anghola blade if you can see the shape of the blade in the picts ,lovely feel and weight to this ,515 grams 13 inch blade ,very deep Kaudi wth the letter D next to it ,if anybody knows what this means ?
Also soldiers no 2971 if anybody could help me with that would be great ,
I've put it next to my 3 other Battallion ww1 types 2 of them are also issued marked ones ,showing different but cap styles


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:32 pm 
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Nice butt attachment & good marks!

Not sure what the D stands for.

At least 5 Gurkhas where killed in ww1 or 2 who had that number, But if the kukri is ww1? {at a guess.} then only 2.

Rifleman UDBIR THAPA No:2971 of the 1st King George's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Malaun Regiment) 1st Bn.

killed :20/12/1914. Son of Gobni Thapa, of Kuibang, No. 3 West, Kaski, Nepal.

And

Rifleman BOMBAHADUR MAL No:2971 of the 9th Gurkha Rifles 1st Bn.

killed 11/03/1915: Son of Chitrabahadur Mal, of Patra Dunga, Bhirkote, No. 4 West, Nepal.

Both of whom died in the NEUVE-CHAPELLE area.

But of course all the other regiments could have someone with that number as well... And doing a bit of research here for your kukri enables me to say with 100% certainty The same numbers where clearly re.issued at a later date to others even in the same regiment . Proved by these 2 chaps..

Rifleman KHARKA MAN GURUNG No:2971 of the :8th Gurkha Rifles

killed:13/07/1945 .Son of Mohan Sing, of Charthar, Nepal.

And Rifleman HOM BAHADUR SAHI No:2971 of the 9th Gurkha Rifles 1st Bn

killed:22/03/1944:. Son of Durga Bahadur and Tilkumari, of Kekim, Bhirkot, No. 4 West, Nepal.

Which means provenance by number even with unit is not as definite as we have I'm sure often all hoped.... :cry:

spiral {on a steep learning curve...}


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:42 pm 
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Thank you kindly for your research on my kukri Spiral ,its great just knowing some of the names of the Gurkhas it could of belonged to even tho not a definate.
Gives it some meaning ,
Awesome .


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:18 pm 
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Thank you...

Yes that hour out of my life, taught me lots... Still musing on the implications......

If a kukri carrys both unit & soldier numbers , even we still need to be 100% certain of the close range dating of the kukri to truly identify the man who carried it. {Assuming his records still exist... that's About 1 in 3 with ww1 Gurkhas I think?}

Fascinating!

Certainly grist to the mill!

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