WW1 British Officers Private purchase .455 Service Revolver
WW1 British Officers Webley & Scott .455 Service revolver 'Target model' with full matching numbers and in fantastic condition, dry firing and fully strippable.
This is a rare opportunity to own a WW1 British Officer Service revolver and more than likely you might live longer than the six weeks that the average 2nd Lieutenant did in WW1.
Webley and Scott do still have records of who purchased there service revolvers but these days Webley & Scott just sell air rifles so getting any information out of them might be hard.
But 106 years ago Webley & Scott were at the heart of British war production and then they sold high quality .455 Service revolves to British Officers.
Up to 1936 all British Officer were required to purchase there own side arms as nearly all British Offices came from the upper end of society.
Once you had received your officers commission into the British Army you would order your Service Revolver from either the Army & Navy Store or from Webley & Scott at there Birmingham Showroom at 86 Weaman Street, Birmingham.
Once you were selected you were posted to your regiment and then onto your posting on the Western Front. In France you would either be sent direct to
your battalion headquarters to receiver your orders or direct posted to the front line and take up your command there.
Your batman would be assigned as your personal servant to lay out your campaign kit in your timber lined dug out.
Even in the trenches you and your fellow officers would have a cook or Chef to cook for you. No hard bisects, apple & plum jam and bully beef or tea that tasted of petrol for you.
In war diary's of the time, officers would book up tables at a posh french restaurants just behind the line to eat out.
There was a very big down side of being a British officer during WW1 and that was the way they were dressed. Even the most stupid German of all Germans could not mistake a British Officer in an British advance.
He was the one waving a revolver , had baggy trousers on and was wearing a officers uniform and was at the front of a line British Soldiers blowing his whistle on a lanyard.
Every one else in the advance had Lee Enfield Service rifles and were dressed the same.
In German artillery officers diaries of the time reports that the German gun line would registered there guns on the British officer alone. In one German diary it was reported that everything was thrown , Air burst shells, High velocity shells and gas shells just to kill the Officers.
German snipers would of course take the biggest kill rate of British Officers and sometime take days just stalking there pray until they got there kill shot. A few German snipers were reported as shooting though the very small gaps in a British sand bag line.
By 1st July 1916 ( first day of the Somme offensive) nearly all British Officers were wearing standard 08 Service uniforms
This Webley & Scott .455 Revolver is in mint condition and the officer that owned it must have worked at Brigade Headquarters 20 miles behind the line.