A bayonet for a 1MK III

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A bayonet for a 1MK III

Post by Niner » Sun Feb 05, 2023 7:26 pm

We were talking about various knife and bayonets on the chat today. I pulled out one that I knew went to an Enfield rifle and there was an objection that it wasn't British. I knew what it fit. A 1Mk III. However, it was a Lithgow I think I may have gotten it with. The markings show NSW... which I interpret as New South Wales. So.. did only Australian troops ever use such a pig sticker?
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Re: A bayonet for a 1MK III

Post by Niner » Sun Feb 05, 2023 8:09 pm

I interpreted the markings on the bayonet wrong I am sure now. It looks like it was made in India from the markings that are really N.W.R. That stands for North West Railways. It was made for an Enfield starting during WWII.

https://oldmilitarymarkings.com/brit_ba ... arkings-in

Now here is one of it's cousins. Only mine isn't marked DP.

https://militaryantiquesmuseum.com/bwk0 ... rchive.htm
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Re: A bayonet for a 1MK III

Post by DuncaninFrance » Mon Feb 06, 2023 3:50 am

Indian made bayonets and other accoutrements would make sense Robert as the Indians have always had the ability to produce such items and explains the unique design ie length.
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Re: A bayonet for a 1MK III

Post by Reese Williams » Thu Mar 16, 2023 5:51 pm

Niner - Your bayonet is an Indian No.1 Mk II*. You correctly identified the maker as Northwest Railways. India made somewhere between 6 and 9 different models of bayonets for the No.1 rifle. Especially during WWII there were a number of makers.
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Re: A bayonet for a 1MK III

Post by Niner » Thu Mar 16, 2023 10:30 pm

Thanks, Reese. Glad to see you are still looking at the site now and again.
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