Webley .455 Mark 5 (V military)

Catalogue number
  • FIR 46
Department
Exhibits
Production date
1915
Dimensions
  • whole: BL: 6ins Calibre: .455
Alternative names
  • full name: Webley .455 Mark 5 (V military)
  • simple name: revolver, double action, hinged frame extractor
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Weapons and ammunition

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The Webley Mk V was the standard British service revolver at the outbreak of the First World War. It was one of a series of .455 inch calibre Webley revolvers which were the standard issue pistols of the British Army from 1887 onwards. They were robust and powerful weapons, which gave excellent service until replaced by the handier Enfield No 2 revolver (see FIR 385) in 1932. Officers generally purchased their own pistols, and this particular weapon bears the name of Captain Stanley Card, who served on the Western Front with 8th Battalion, the Suffolk Regiment from July 1915. He fought in various phases of the Battle of the Somme before being sent home after being buried by a shell at Longueval on 19 July 1916.

Physical description

Webley .455 Mark 5 (V military), revolver, double action, hinged frame extractor, black grip. CAPT. S.W. CARD 8TH SUFFOLK REGT engraved on right of frame.

History note

Information supplied by Captain Card's grandaughter indicates that he served on the Western front from July 1915 and fought in various phases of the Battle of the Somme before being sent home after being buried by a shell at Longueval during 19 July1916. Full details on file under "Winstanley". Returned from NX/Horrible History 20/1/09

1. stamped on left of top strap 2. stamped on left of frame 3. engraved on right of frame

1. 15 over crown over GR over crossed pennants over P over broad arrow over crown over B over E3 over MARK "V" 2. WEBLEY MARK V PATENTS 1915 3. CAPT. S.W. CARD 8TH SUFFOLK REGT

Stamped on base of barrel; in front of trigger; and on the chamber

Serial no. 158909

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