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30-05-2016, 17:50
Two officers of the 5th Light Horse.

Major Stephen Midgley (left), Commanding Officer of the 5th Light Horse Regiment, and Major Lachlan Chisholm Wilson, Officer Commanding 'A' Squadron, in a trench on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Both men are wearing pistol belts of civilian origin. Maj Wilson has a clasp knife in his belt and wears an improvised pouch, possibly for carrying maps. The tin in his pocket probably contains tobacco.

Gallipoli - August, 1915.


Clasp Knife - E. C. Simmons Keen Kutter, Corporal Cousland, Shrapnel Damaged, World War I, 1915-1919
World War I army G.P. clasp knife with a deflection mark from ball shrapnel or a bullet. Its owner was Corporal Cousland of the 22nd Battalion, service # 3808, A.I.F. His life was said to have been saved by the knife in France. A knife like this was usually carried on a belt, but he decided to carry it in his top pocket, where he was stuck.

Part of a collection of material relating to the World War I military service of Hans Harry Cousland. Harry was a 21-year-old labourer from Port Melbourne when he enlisted to serve in World War I in 1915. He was wounded on 26 August 1916, recovered and returned to the front. There he was promoted then wounded again on 14 January 1917, receiving a gunshot wound in his left forearm which severed his ulnar nerve and caused a compound fracture of his left radius. He was operated on but his wound healed incorrectly with on-going nerve damage, and he was left with 'total incapacity' of his arm. He returned to Australia on 31 December 1917 on the hospital ship Themistocles and discharged medically-unfit in August 1918.


found these interesting posts on face book Note The Keen Kutter brand was E.C. Simons Military Knife made by Camillus in about 1915

30-05-2016, 18:13
Here is a very nice WW1 Clasp Knife prolly the best i have or the one i like the best.




16-04-2017, 15:56
Interesting that the knife has wooden scales!!

Are they original? Is so this is a variant I was not aware of.