Bayonet, Pattern 07, No. 1 Mark I. with Scabbard Mark II. and frog : Private W A Jeffery, 2/6 Independent Company

Accession Number REL37383
Collection type Technology
Object type Edged weapon or club
Physical description Cotton webbing, Leather, Steel, Wood
Maker Orange Small Arms Factory
Place made Australia: New South Wales
Date made 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Pattern 1907 bayonet, scabbard and frog. The ricasso is stamped with, 'MA 1907 1' and '9 42' and on the other side with 'OA' as well as the broad arrow and proof markings. The grips are of wood and are held in place by a two screw, nut assembly. The right grip is stamped 'SLAZ 42' and the pommel is stamped 'C 69364'. The brown leather scabbard is stamped 'MANGROVITE 42' on the reverse and has a circular stud locket. The frog is plain khaki and is attached to the scabbard.

History / Summary

This bayonet was carried by Private W A Jeffery, 2/6 Independent Company and was used in heavy hand-to-hand fighting in Papua New Guinea during which a Japanese Army Officer's sword (REL37385) was captured by Private Jeffery. Born in Brunswick, Melbourne in 1924 William Athey 'Bill' Jeffery enlisted in the Australian Army on 23 September 1942. Private Bill Jeffery served with 2/6 Independent Company in the South West Pacific and was attached to the Murchison Prisoner of War Group at the time of his discharged in October 1946.