Captured by Captain Best of 9th Royal Sussex Regt at Bois en Hache, near Sochaux, April 1917.
Letter in acquisition file states: 'Rifle No 9873b was captured by myself as a Captain in 9th Royal Sussex Regt at BOIS EN HACHE, near SOUCHEZ in the final battle for Vimy Ridge in April 1917.'
Stamped by left of body
Stamped on receiver ring
DEUTCHES WAFFENS-UND over MUNITIONS FABRIKEN over BERLIN over 1916
Stamped on left of chamber & bolt & receiver ring & [without b] on floorplate & underside of butt
Stamped on receiver ring & floorplate & underside of butt & left of butt