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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:46 pm 
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I picked up two books and some other Gurkha related material at auction recently and just started to read and look through them - lots of photos and articles from each of the different sections of the Brigade

Has anyone heard or them or read them ?

The books are titled The Kukri with different dates 1949-53 issues 1-5 the second is dated 1958-61 No 10 to 13 with an addition section on the visit of the The King of Nepal 1960 , I assume I am missing 54-57 No 6-9

I have some more recent paper back versions of the same publication for years -
1972 No 24
1979 No. 31
1981 No. 33
1984 No. 36
1985 No. 37
1992 No 44
1995 No 47
1996 no 48
1998 No 50

I also have one called The Journal of the 2nd King Edward VII’s own gookhas (The Semoor Rifles) vol VIII No.2 dated 1974, some files with what looks like drafts for the Journals, 2nd Battalion newsletters back to 1963 to 1972 , some Simooree Club magizines and finally some copies of another publication called Parbate from 1965-68 which aren’t in English (could be Malay not sure)

Some interesting military and non military photos in all of them - hopefully I may find something interesting in them - maybe the mystery of WSC’s will be documented who knows !! Has reports from the Singapore Police Gurkhas who would have been around in 1947, plus a whole report on the move to Malaya in 1947 - should be an interesting read.

I have one other file with letters between a Lieutenant-Colonel D.F.Neill dates around 1965 and the Borneo emergency. Some with a request around posting , others recognise bravery, especially to give John Masters for gallantry (looks like he was from New Zealand) Honary Membership of the Semoor Rifles from bravery in the field, and recognition for gallantry. One of the letters from H.Q Intelligence stating that they are unable to give proper publicity to this bravery from Brigadier A.W.Vickers to D.F. Neill - odd what you get in an auction lot and maybe shouldn’t !!!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:10 pm 
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Interesting post! Thanks!

I expect most serious kukri collectors have heard of the kukri, Journal etc.

After all when you do an auction search for kukri... They show up...

There some good titbits amongst them!

Is there a mystery about WSCs ? Id say its the most documented military kukri in existance... The mystery is just from people who title themselves "kukri expert" who haven't read all the documents, or are limited intelligence or experience in the history of military arms.. {or possibly all 3.. in the case of one "expert" :lol: }

The "secret" letter and others included probably implies Lieutenant-Colonel D.F.Neill was the owner of the magazines.

Sadly I guess hes dead now or in an old peoples home, and either his descendants or the house clearing vultures put his stuff into auction.

Were any of his kukris or Malayan Sarawak borneo trophies listed by the same auction house I wonder?

If you find any interesting stories or pics... we look forward to seeing them.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:14 pm 
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Some photos of the book which may be of interest.

Scott


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File comment: And article on the origins of the Kukri
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:29 pm 
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I’ll pass on anything of interest, also if you have more reading on the WSC Koorkrie (which I think is how the drawings refer to them) please drop me the links or article on the forum if One has been written.

Found this one which has some info and drawings not sure how accurate it is ?

http://sirkukri.blogspot.com/2015/12/th ... knife.html

Do not remember any other knives in the auction from memory. The link to the lot is https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auct ... 0a00d95b80

So you may look if that’s of any interest.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:52 pm 
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Some photos like these of Kukri’s presenter or being presented - may help with some providence is someone has something - one picture is very unclear just a picture that it happened and one very clear picture of the sheath of another presentation Kukri.

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File comment: Major General Boucher presenting a Kukri to Major General Marriott
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:17 pm 
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An exceptional haul.
You will have hours of going through that lot.
Thanks for the post and hopefully we may get updates from time to time?

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:02 pm 
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Another purchase I made arrived today, History of The Duke of Edinburgh’s own Gurkha Rifles by Colonel J.N Mackay - book covers the regiment from 1907-1959. It looks like it has never been opened let alone read.

Now all I need to do is find time to read them all.

Scott


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