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Item #38636

Wilkinson-Pryse 1884 Revolver Belonging to Lt. Gen. of Grenadier Guard

  • Maker: Wilkinson
  • Model: 1884
  • Caliber: .455

  • Description: Serial #7718, .450/.455 CF, 4 octagon barrel with a good, lightly pitted bore. This is a handsome, foreign-made version of the Webley-Pryse revolver that has retained about 80-85% of the original bright nickel, with the balance flaked to a freckled plum-brown patina. The top of the barrel rib is engraved, WILKINSON, PALL MALL LONDON, and the original bright metal and blued triangular aiming aid is still intact on the rear face of the sight notch bolster. The left side of the barrel is engraved with the owners name: FRANCIS LLOYD, GRENADIER GUARDS. The walnut grip is in fine shape, with some minor handling marks and blemishes, as well as light flattening of the points. The lock-up is still firm, and the action functions flawlessly. Francis Lloyd was born on August 12, 1853, the son of Col. Richard Thomas Lloyd, Grenadier Guards, and was educated at Harrow. He entered the British Army as a Sub-Lieutenant in March of 1874, first serving in the 33rd Regiment of Foot (Duke of Wellingtons) before transferring later that year to his fathers old regiment; the Grenadier Guards, as a junior officer in the 3rd Battalion. He was promoted to Lieutenant in March of 1875, and embarked for the Sudan in February of 1885. He served as Signaling Officer for the Brigade of Guards, and was present at the Battle of Hasheen, serving in the right face of the Guards infantry square. he was promoted to Captain in April, 1885, and became Regimental Adjutant. He was promoted to Major in August of 1892, and served as Commandant of the School of Military Instruction for Militia and Volunteers (1894 - 1896). He returned to the Sudan in 1898 as part of Kitcheners Nile Expedition, and was present at the Battle of Khartoum on September 2, 1898, where he was mentioned in despatches, and won the DSO. From there, he was promoted to Lt. Colonel on October 23, 1898, and went on to serve in the 2nd Anglo-Boer War; commanding first the 2nd Bn. Grenadier Guards, then the 1st Bn. He took part in operations in the Orange Free State, Orange River Colony, and the Transvaal, including the Battle of Biddulphs Berg (May 29, 1900) where he was shot while leading a charge and had to be left behind in the high veldt grass. When Sir Leslie Rundle, in overall command of British forces, ordered a general retreat, a grass fire erupted and, fanned by high winds, began spreading across the battlefield consuming many of the wounded men who were unable to move. According to a Dundee Evening Telegraph & Post obituary printed on February 26, 1926: In this dilemma, Lt. Quilter of the Grenadiers called for volunteers, and these ran back through the prairie fire and succeeded in rescuing several of their comrades from a terrible death. Colonel Lloyd was one of those saved, but not before he had been badly burned. He was also severely wounded in two places, and for several days his life was despaired of, but in the end medical skill and careful nursing, plus a splendid constitution, pulled him through. Not until five months later, however, was he pronounced fit for service He was promoted to Substitute Colonel in October, 1902, commanding the 1st (Foot Guards) Brigade, 1st Division at Aldershot, and was a temporary Brigadier-General from 1904 - 1908. In January of 1909, he was promoted to temporary Major-General in command of the Welsh Division of the Territorial Force. That year he was awarded the CVO, and the KCB in 1911. From 1913 - 1919, Sir Francis commanded the London District, which meant that he, along with his other duties, was ultimately responsible for convening courts martial for alleged german spies under the 1914 Defence of the Realm Act, and sentencing them to death by firing squad at the Tower (specifically what was then the Miniature Rifle Range). In 1917, he was promoted to Lt.-General and served until 1920, when he formally retired. After his retirement, he became a commissioner of the Duke of Yorks Royal Military School, he became one of His Majestys Lieutenants for the City of London, Food Commissioner for London and the Home Counties, and Honorary Colonel of the County of London, Kensington Battalion. Additionally, he was Justice of the Peace in both Salop and Essex, and a Deputy-Lieutenant for Salop as well. General Sir Francis Lloyd GCVO, KCB, CVO, CB, DSO, passed away on February 26, 1926. His funeral took place on March 5, at Aston with the Archbishop of Wales officiating. A guard of honor from the Royal Welsh Fusiliers was present, and the regimental buglars played Last Post. Included with the gun are numerous articles and a copy of Shot In The Tower - The Story of the Spies executed in the Tower of London during the First World War by Leonard Sellers; (1997). This is a simply splendid piece of British military history, carried by one of the most important British officers of the late 19th/early 20th centuries, and would make a wonderful addition to any collection. Antique