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Item #39061

Incredible Webley Mk. III Revolver Belonging to General Sir Peyton DSO

  • Maker: Webley
  • Model: Mk. III
  • Caliber: .476

  • Description: Serial #76836, .455/.476, 6 inch barrel with a fine, bright bore that has some spots of mild freckling within the grooves. This is an interesting revolver that has matching numbers on the frame and barrel (the cylinder is numbered "503"), and is outfitted with the rare flared "Target" grip frame. The metal retains 80-85% of the original blue finish that has silvered and faded along the raised edges, projections, and bearing surfaces, and freckled slightly along the muzzle-end of the barrel. Most of the finish loss occurs on the gripstraps, which have a bright gray patina. The revolver has the W&S "Winged Bullet" logo on the left side of the frame, as well as an engraved owners name: "W.E. PEYTON / MAJ." just ahead of the grip panel. The lock-up is still tight and the mechanism functions flawlessly. William Eliot Peyton was born on May 7, 1866, the third son of Col. John Peyton, CO of the 7th Dragoon Guards (1871 - 1876). He was educated at Brighton College, but was unable to pass the entrance exam for the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, so enlisted in the ranks of the 7th Dragoon Guards in 1885. Two years later he was a Sergeant and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. Promotions to Lieutenant and then Adjutant followed in 1890 and 1892 with his request for special service in the Egyptian Army granted. He was present at Wadi Halfa, and was mentioned in dispatches for his service in the Dongola Expeditionary Force (1896). The following year he was promoted to Captain and served in the Sudan where he was seriously wounded by a Dervish spearman while leading a mounted patrol, eventually being awarded both the DSO and the Order of the Medjidieh for his exploits. His next combat posting occurred during the 2nd Anglo-Boer War where he served with Thorneycrofts Mounted Infantry. He was promoted to Major and breveted a Lt. Colonel before being invalided back to England due to illness, and was awarded the Queens Africa Medal with three clasps. He passed the Army Staff College in 1901, and was commanding officer of the 15th (Kings) Hussars from 1903 to 1907. He went to India in 1907 as a Temporary Brigadier in command of the Meerut Cavalry Brigade from 1908 to 1912. During the Coronation Durbar of 1911, he served as the Delhi Herald of Arms Extraordinary, and was made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. He subsequently served as the Military Secretary to the Commander-in-Chief, India, until his return to England upon the outbreak of World War 1. He was initially made a Temporary Major General commanding the 1st Mounted Division (Territorial Force), but was then formally promoted and commanded the 2nd Mounted Division (TF) at Gallipoli. He was transferred to Egypt in 1916 following the Gallipoli debacle, and commanded the Western Frontier Force leading an expedition against the Senussi, and re-occupying Sidi Barrani. He was specially thanked by the Admiralty for ordering a force of armored cars to mount a daring rescue of the crew of HMS Tara from captivity at Bir Hakkim, and was again mentioned in despatches. He was made Field Marshal Haigs Military Secretary later that year and was knighted by King George V during a royal visit to the Western Front in 1917. While Haigs secretary, Peyton held the nominal command of the Fifth Army, a paper organization that no longer existed in the field, but was also granted the colonelcy of the 15th Hussars (a position held until 1922 when they were amalgamated with the 19th Hussars and he assumed the colonelcy of the combined regiment). He returned to India after the War, commanding the United Province District and the 3rd Indian Division at Meerut, receiving a promotion to Lt. General in 1921. He was made Military Secretary to the Secretary of State for War from 1922 until 1926, and assumed his final post as Commander-in-Chief; Scottish Command where he was also promoted to General in 1927. He retired in 1930, and died at the Army & Navy Club in London on November 14, 1931. This is an extremely rare, target-gripped Mk. III Webley, that also belonged to one of Britains true fighting generals of the First World War, and was almost certainly carried by him during the Boer War and Gallipoli disaster. Antique