interesting webley revolver with unit and officer name on it

Discussion in 'British Army Units - Others' started by Riccardo, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. Riccardo

    Riccardo New Member

    Hi !

    For sure I'm in the right forum , I need some help to identify the unit , that have been for sure engraved in the battlefield .
    As you can see from the picture , I have this gun from a long time in original condition , it is a webley Mk VI in 455 made in 1915 and I'm sure this pistol have seen a lot of action .

    On the barrel there is a faint engraved for sure made by the owner , and from what i can read it is :

    " M.C.S 24 R.I FG Pearson His Gun

    Somebody can help me to identify the unit or may the soldier ?

    tks Riccardo webley 1.jpg webley 2.jpg webley 3.jpg webley 5.jpg
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  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Where did you obtain the gun, i.e country, area. Could you also upload a better picture of the name as it seems to me it might be 'L' or 'F' or 'E' - from some angles I read 'E' others I read 'L' ................................

    A quick look at Ancestry shows Pearsons in most theatres of war so knowing where you obtained the gun might help

    Examples to show some of the complexity:
    Name: L. G. Pearson
    Military Year: 1932
    Regiment: Indian Medical Service
    Rank: Major

    Name: L G Pearson
    Military Year: 1914-1920
    Rank: Captain
    Medal Awarded: British War Medal and Victory Medal
    Regiment or Corps: Royal Army Medical Corps

    UK, Navy Lists, 1888-1970
    Name: L G Pearson
    Year: 1942
    Book Title: Navy List: October, 1942

    UK, Royal Air Force Muster Roll, 1918
    Name: F G Pearson
    Muster Date: 29 Jan 1916
    Service Number: 20460

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  3. Riccardo

    Riccardo New Member

    Hi TD

    thank you for you prompt reply , here it is a bigger size picture of the name that could be also Peahson
    I'm gun collector leave in Italy and bought it here

    KR Riccardo Webley P.PNG
  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Have you a similar image with the full name - so all the initials can be seen

  5. Blutto

    Blutto Banned

    If its E G then there is one listed in CWGC:

    Second Lieutenant 326352
    Royal Ulster Rifles
    Sunday, December 3, 1944 Age 26
  6. Riccardo

    Riccardo New Member

    yes here it is

    Attached Files:

  7. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    What a pleasing item.
    You have to wonder if there'd been some mess shenanigans with people not picking up the right revolvers...
  8. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Trouble is there is nothing to say whoever the owner was, died during the war or lost the revolver in action, he may have kept it and went to live in Italy after the war.

    Its also possible he [assume its a he] might have come to Italy with the Indian Army, South Africans, ANZAC's

    We are also assuming he was in Italy during the war

    Certainly looks more like 'F' or 'E' as the first initial but what the meaning is of the letters and numbers are before that - I dont know, but may help solve the problem

  9. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Lateral thinking. Is the first group MGS (Machine Gun Section??) 24 RI (Royal Irish/Royal Inniskillings??).


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