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The Second World War

Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife

Period:
20th Century
Description:

Cecil Riding's Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife, presented to him in 1942.

 

Captain Cecil Riding (Jock) grew up near Lockerbie in Dumfriesshire.  In 1940 he joined the Coldstream Guards before transferring to the Highland Light Infantry in 1941.  In February 1944 Cecil Riding was selected for the newly formed Special Air Service (SAS) and was posted on special duty throughout occupied Western Europe in 1944 and 1945 for which he was awarded the Military Cross.

Materials/Media:
metal & steel
Dimensions:
305mm x 50mm (blade length: 175mm)
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:2012.18.102
Digital Number:
DMCR007a-d
Copyright:
Dumfries and Galloway Council


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