Bone-handled, post-WW2 ‘take-home’ kukri

During/shortly after WW2 there was a brisk trade in souvenir (‘take-home’) kukris for sale to (particularly) Britsh and US servicemen as a memento of their ‘time in foreign parts’. These were generally wallhangers rather than users, and construction standards were often basic. My latest kukri falls into the 1940s ‘take-home’ category but is interesting for a couple of reasons. Continue reading

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Another (bigger) K. B. Thakuri kukri

As a result of the two earlier blog posts about K. B. Thakuri kukris, I was contacted by a reader with photos of a Thakuri kukri brought back after WW2 by his father (who was attached to Fourth Indian Division, as was my own father).

The kukri’s features are very similar to its two stablemates here in Jersey, but overall it is significantly longer (39.5cm as opposed to 27.5cm). Continue reading

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Vintage .410 ammo

The club ammo store has just been reorganised and guess what was found in the process?

Vintage .410 ammo

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Brigade of Gurkhas VCs – Maj. Donald Macintyre – 4 January 1872

Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross

One of a series of posts concerning Gurkha VCs, each of which will appear on the anniversary of the action leading to the award.

Recipient: Major Donald Mcintyre

Unit: 2nd (Prince of Wales’s Own) Gurkha Regiment (The Sirmoor Rifles)

Date: 4 January 1872

Engagement: Lalgnoora, Lushai Campaign

Citation: THE Queen has been graciously pleased to signify Her intention to confer the decoration of the Victoria Cross on the undermentioned Officer, whose claim to the same has been submitted for Her Majesty’s approval, for an act of bravery performed by him when serving with the Looshai Expeditionary Force, as recorded against his name; viz.:— Major (now Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel) Donald Macintyre.

For his gallant conduct at the storming of the stockaded village of Lalgnoora on the 4th January, 1872.

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Brigade of Gurkhas VCs – Rfm. Sher Bahadur Thapa – 18 September 1944

Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross

One of a series of posts concerning Gurkha VCs, each of which will appear on the anniversary of the action leading to the award.

Recipient: Rifleman Sher Bahadur Thapa

Unit: 9th Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army

Date: 18th September 1944

Engagement: Battle of San Marino, Italy, WW2

Citation: The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the posthumous award of the VICTORIA CROSS to:— No. 70690 Rifleman Sher Bahadur Thapa, 9th Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army.

In Italy on the night of 18th/19th September, 1944, a Battalion of the 9th Gurkha Rifles was fighting its way forward into the State of San Marino against bitter opposition from German prepared positions dominating the river valley and held in considerable strength in depth.
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Brigade of Gurkhas VCs – Temp. Major Frank Blaker – 9 July 1944

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Victoria Cross

One of a series of posts concerning Gurkha recipients of the Victoria Cross, each of which will appear on the anniversary of the action leading to the award.

Recipient:  T/Major Frank Blaker

Unit: Attached, 3/9th Gurkha Rifles

Date: 9 July 1944

Engagement: Taungni, Burma

Citation: The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the posthumous award of the VICTORIA CROSS to: Captain (temporary Major) Frank Gerald Blaker, M.C. (193864), The Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) (attached 9th Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army).

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Brigade of Gurkhas VCs – Lt. John Duncan Grant – 6 July 1904

Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross

One of a series of posts concerning Gurkha recipients of the Victoria Cross, each of which will appear on the anniversary of the action leading to the award.

Recipient:  Lt. John Duncan Grant

Unit: 8th Gurkha Rifles

Date: 6 July 1904

Engagement: British Expedition to Tibet 1903-4

Citation:  The KING has been graciously pleased to signify His intention to confer the decoration of the Victoria Cross upon the undermentioned Officer, whose claims have been submitted for His Majesty’s approval, for his conspicuous bravery in Thibet, as stated against his name:— Lieutenant John Duncan Grant, 8th Gurkha Rifles. Continue reading

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Brigade of Gurkhas VCs – Naik Agansing Rai – 26 June 1944

Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross

One of a series of posts concerning Gurkha recipients of the Victoria Cross, each of which will appear on the anniversary of the action leading to the award.

Recipient: Naik Agansing Rai

Unit: 2nd Battalion, 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles

Date: 26 June 1944

Engagement: Bishenpur, India.

Citation: The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the VICTORIA CROSS to: No. 63219 Rifleman (acting Naik) Agansing Rai, 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force), Indian Army. Continue reading

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Brigade of Gurkhas VCs – Subadar Netrabahadur Thapa – 25 June 1944

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Victoria Cross

One of a series of posts concerning Gurkha recipients of the Victoria Cross, each of which will appear on the anniversary of the action leading to the award.

Recipient:  Acting Subadar Netrabahadur Thapa

Unit: 2nd Battalion, 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles

Date: 25 June 1944

Engagement: Bishenpur, Burma

Citation:  The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the posthumous award of the VICTORIA CROSS to: Jemadar (acting Subadar) Netrabahadur Thapa (28467 IO), 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force), Indian Army. Continue reading

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Brigade of Gurkhas VCs – Rfmn. Tul Bahadur Pun – 23 June 1944

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Victoria Cross

One of a series of posts concerning Gurkha recipients of the Victoria Cross, each of which will appear on the anniversary of the action leading to the award.

Recipient: Rifleman Tul Bahadur Pun

Unit: 3rd Battalion, 6th Queen Elizabeth’s Own Gurkha Rifles

Date: 23 June 1944

Engagement: Pin Hmi Road Bridge, Burma.

Citation: The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the VICTORIA CROSS to:- No. 10119 Rifleman Tulbahadur [sic] Pun, 6th Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army. Continue reading

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