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Item #40327

Wilkinson-Webley Model 1892 Revolver Belonging to Maj. 11th Hussars

  • Maker: Webley
  • Model: 1892
  • Caliber: .476

  • Description: Serial #11348 (Wilkinson Reg. #8849), .476, 6" barrel with an excellent, bright bore. This is a splendid looking revolver that retains 92-95% of maker reapplied tropical nickel finish with some thin freckling in spots, mostly on the sides of the frame at the grip juncture. The barrel rib is marked "WILKINSON MODEL 1892. PALL MALL, LONDON" along the rib, and engraved with the owners name along the underside: "S.P. YATES". The checkered, walnut grips are in very good-near fine condition with some mild handling marks and flattening of the points on either side. The barrel lock-up is tight and the mechanism is fully functional. Wilkinson records show that this revolver was sold in December of 1892 to "S.P. Yates Esq. 11th Hussars". Samuel Pearson Yates was born at Leeds in 1870, the son of William Edward Yates, and was educated at Tettehall College, Staffordshire. He entered the Volunteer Corps, Rifles, 3rd Volunteer Battalion, the Prince of Wales' Own West Yorkshire Regiment in May of 1889 as a 2nd Lieutenant, and was promoted to Lieutenant that October. He received a Regular commission to 2nd Lieutenant, 11th Hussars in December of 1892 (when he purchased this revolver), and served overseas at the regiment's posting at Sialkote, Bengal, India. He was promoted to Lieutenant in October of 1894, but resigned two years later. In February, 1900, he was appointed Lieutenant in the Reserves, and served in South Africa during the Boer War as a temporary Captain, No. 2 Remount Depot. He was awarded the Queen's African Medal with two clasps: Cape Colony and Orange Free State. He was formally promoted to Captain in 1902, and was again placed in the Reserve of Officers. He was recalled to service yet again at the outbreak of the Great War for service with the 11th Hussars, 1st Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division as part of the original 1914 BEF ("The Old Contemptibles"). Yates saw action at the Retreat from Mons, Battle of the Aisne, Ypres, the Somme (1916 and 1918), and Cambrai. He was awarded the Military Cross during an action near Graincourt on November 21, 1917: "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in persisting in an advance in support of the infantry when ordered to do so, though informed by the officer commanding the infantry that it was impossible to advance owing to hostile machine guns. By his action, he materially relieved the situation of the infantry." Yates finally retired from the Army with the rank of Major on January 27, 1919. He engaged in a cattle-raising career after the war, serving as president of the Oxfordshire Agricultural Society, as well as becoming director of his father's company; W.E. Yates Ltd. (a manufacturer of worsted wool cloth). He died, at age 87, on January 27, 1958. This is a truly handsome, well-cared for example of a seldom seen Wilkinson Revolver, identified to a heroic British officer, and rates excellent condition overall. Antique