Hello to all ... there's a wealth of knowledge on this forum, and I have to thank you all for saving me a lot of money and preventing me buying the many fakes that proliferate on eBay.
Needless to say, I am on the look out for a Great War era kukri after acquiring the latest relic for my small collection: a 1913 BSA No1 MkIII SMLE that was issued to the 1/5th Gurkha Rifles in April 1914, and was most probably lost at Gallipoli in 1915.
I found the rifle among a lot of .303s that were either manufactured or re-built after the Great War that was recently imported into Australia direct from Turkey.
Of the more than a hundred rifles I sorted through, this was the only one with all matching components, and unusually, it was sighted and proved for the older MkVI ammunition.
It is the only Lee Enfield in my small collection which is in the configuration it left the factory in ... which is all the more remarkable considering it is now more than 90 years old.
But the piece de resistance is the fact it was issued to a front line unit and saw service:
The RP stands for Rawalpindi Arsenal, and I'm sure the scholars on this forum could work the rest of the stamps out for themselves.
I recently acquired a fine 1913 Ishapore Pattern '07 bayonet (not cut down and with tear drop scabbard) to keep it company:
And needless to say, I'm on the lookout for a BSA oiler, leather sling and correct era kukri to make the rifle complete now it's finally back among friends.
You can e-mail me direct: email@example.com
with any pointers, and you may want to check out my website micktoalbureau.com, which has nothing to do with collecting whatsoever, but may be of interest.
Incidentally, I got back from Iraq (for the third time) in June, and one of the airstrips I landed was at Tikrit, where the 2/5 Gurkha Rifles were when the country was Mesopatamia back in 1917!
Once again, thanks for making all the great knowledge available.