Posted 01 April 2012 - 11:18 PM
From papers received from R Wilkinson Latham who presented a Centenary Sword at Cardiff Arms Park on 3rd Feb 1982 to the Welsh Rugby Union in paying tribute to its national game as it celebrated its centenary, the presentation sword was engraved with the names of all the captains of Wales.
The presentation was linked to a sponsorship gift to be made available over three years for schoolboy coaching, and future fund rasing efforts for the Welsh Rugby Union's Centenary Appeal.(Incidentally Wilkinson Sword had a factory at Bridgend).
Also mentioned in the draft press release- The sword(or knives) as they were then called)were supplied privately by Lord Howard de Walden."The sword itself is of significance, being based on a pattern used by Welsh long bowmen at the battle of Crecy in the 15th century and by the Royal Welsh Fusiliers during WW1 particularly at the Battle of Messines Ridge in 1917.
Extracts from IWM website- The "Welsh Knife" was designed by the sculptor and armourer Felix Joubert and patented by himself as a "new or improved trench knife". It was allegedly based on an ancient Welsh weapon, although the existence of such a distinctive Welsh mediaeval sword has since been disproved. An unknown, but limited, numbers were manufactured by the Wilkinson Sword Company, at the behest of Lord de Walden who shared Joubert's interest in mediaeval weapons.
The IWM possesses a memorandum, dated 27 January 1920, which relates to information on the knife supplied by Colonel H Lloyd Williams, late commander of the 9th Battalion, RWF(Lord de Walden commanded the battalion between September and December 1917; Lloyd Williams succeeded to command October 1918). The memorandum states-"9th Batt'n RWF. This battalion made use of a knife with which all machine gunners and bombers were always equipped. Every member of a raiding party was so armed and in one raid on the Messines Ridge two days before the battle of Messines they were used with conspicuous success. They were provided by Lord Howard de Walden and were a replica of a weapon used by Ancient Welsh tribes. They were double-edged, but were intended more for bayoneting than cutting".
I hope that this has and will be of some help to those who have and wish to research the history of "The Welsh knife"
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