WW2 British Army Knife

The Australian War Memorial has an example of a Richards & Co clasp knife in its collection that was issued to an Australian Airman, Flight Lieutenant Thomas Edward White Howes, RAAF, who was posted to 70 Squadron RAF.

Flight Lieutenant Howes evidently served with some distinction as he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

The Richards knife was made at Sheffield in England.

Richards & Co clasp knife
©Australian War Memorial
This knife is in the collection of the Australian War Memorial

This knife was amongst the personal belongings from the Estate of a WW2 Royal Australian Navy sailor, 1436 Colin William James. Colin served on the Shropshire, Quiberon and other vessels.

Richards & Co clasp knife

Richards & Co mark

Colin William James RAN
Colin James RN Pay Book
From his Pay Book

Colin James RN Record of Service
Record of Service