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A pre 1941 version of the RN clasp knive, with the copper attachment loop.  It is named to its former owner who was probably a Petty Officer on the HMS wild swan when she was attacked and sunk by German Ju 88 bombers on the 17th June 1942.  He was rescued but died of his wounds the following day.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Wild_Swan_(D62)

 

ALLEN, WILLIAM GEORGE Rank: Petty Officer Service No: P/JX 129528 Date of Death: 18/06/1942 Age: 31 Regiment/Service: Royal Navy   H.M.S. Wild Swan Panel Reference Panel 62, Column 2. Memorial PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL Additional Information:

Son of Henry John and Elizabeth Allen, of St. Helen's, Isle of Wight.

 

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2490882/ALLEN,%20WILLIAM%20GEORGE

 

http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1942-06JUN.htm

 

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Jerry B:

 

Thank you for sharing your knife with the Forum, very nice ID piece.

 

Best regards,

John

 

 

Thanks John.  always good when items can be traced, though a sad story behind this one, but that is the case with many of them.

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