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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 19:28 pm 
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Need some help
A bayonet has recently come into my possession
It is britsih and i was wondering about its date etc, on the sheath it is marked rrc 1916, and MKII.
the blade is not marked, but at the end of teh hilt it is marked ross rifle company patented 1907.
it has some otehr markings on it 1/1 7 a 4 with a CROWN OVER IT.
Tryin gt o work out if it was my wife grandads, who fought during ww2
or issued to her dad who was in in the army in 1959?
any info on this would be great


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 20:08 pm 
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GOOSE wrote:
Need some help
A bayonet has recently come into my possession
It is britsih and i was wondering about its date etc, on the sheath it is marked rrc 1916, and MKII.
the blade is not marked, but at the end of teh hilt it is marked ross rifle company patented 1907.
it has some otehr markings on it 1/1 7 a 4 with a CROWN OVER IT.
Tryin gt o work out if it was my wife grandads, who fought during ww2
or issued to her dad who was in in the army in 1959?
any info on this would be great


Are you sure it's not Canadian?

It sounds like it could be for the Canadian Ross rifle, which was Canada's standard infantry rifle it was replaced by the SMLE (in 1916 I believe).

These were also issued to the British Home Guard during WWII.

I'll just find a photo you can compare it to.
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Here is a photo:

http://www.antiquearmsinc.com/images/ro ... yonet4.jpg

Here is a wiki entry on the Ross too.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ross_rifle

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KB Martinsen wrote:

These were also issued to the British Home Guard during WWII.



A late relative of mine used a Ross whilst serving in the British army. I'm not sure if it was during his prewar service in the West Yorkshire Regiment, or during his WW2 service with the Royal Engineers, but he distinctly mentioned the Ross rifle to me on many occasions.


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Reccegeorge wrote:
KB Martinsen wrote:

These were also issued to the British Home Guard during WWII.



A late relative of mine used a Ross whilst serving in the British army. I'm not sure if it was during his prewar service in the West Yorkshire Regiment, or during his WW2 service with the Royal Engineers, but he distinctly mentioned the Ross rifle to me on many occasions.


I can imagine that they would have been issued to regular troops as a stop-gap measure after the fall of France when weapons and equipment were in short supply.

I've no idea when they would finally have been withdrawn from Army use, but I'd guess 1942-3 at the latest.

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Thanks for the info guys
KB it is exactley like the photo you posted
Really helpful :P :P :P


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