Tuesday Finds

Today’s Finds

Well its back to the second hand market today, after too long an absence. Whilst it was a bit quiet, I did pick up some nice bits including yet another ammunition box! My wife is very tolerant of these, but they do start to take up a bit of room after a while…

Ammunition Box

This ammunition box is made of wood and covered in stencil markings. It is worth remembering that ammunition boxes came as often in wood as they did in metal. Metal was a strategic resource, so if a box could be made of wood and be as safe as a metal one then this was the preferred policy. Wood was the traditional material for munitions boxes as it was cheap, durable and most importantly couldn’t cause sparks like metal boxes could.

imageThis box is dated 1943 on the base:

imageHowever it has been repainted and re-stencilled for reuse in 1953. I haven’t tracked down which type of box this is yet, so if anyone knows the model number, then please let me know so I can carry on my research.

40mm Shell
One of the best and longest lived anti aircraft guns in service is the Bofors 40mm. This was introduced into the British Army in 1937 and became the standard light anti aircraft gun in service throughout the Second World War. It was used as a standard towed artillery piece and on a variety of vehicles to become self propelled:

imageThis casing is dated 1942 and has a profusion of ordnance stamps on the base:imageTrench Whistle
Following on from last week’s pickup of a Metropolitan type Trench whistle, this week I was lucky enough to pick up the ‘Snail’ type to go with it. Its marked ‘J Hudson & Co, Birmingham, 1916’:imageRAF Observer Photograph
This rather elegant portrait photograph is of an Observer from the RAF in the Second World War. Sadly the chap isn’t identified, but his insignia is clearly visible:imageBritish India Passport

Finally we have this passport. Its not strictly military, but as it was issued in April 1944 I hope you will forgive its inclusion here. British subjects born and domiciled in India needed passports just like anyone else, and the government of India issued them with these:imageThis example was issued to a Miss Jayne St: Pierre Bunbury:imageThis particular example is stamped as having been issued in the North West Frontier Province and is overstamped as ‘cancelled’ presumably following Indian Independence.:image

4 thoughts on “Tuesday Finds

  1. Rowan

    I would think Jayne St.Pierre Bunbury was the daughter of Brigadier Noel St.Pierre Bunbury, who served in the Indian Army and was ADC to King George VI. He was in India from I believe 1919 to 1944 so it makes sense and there is a military connection to this item!

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  2. Bill

    I lived next door to Brigadier Noel Bunbury I new his son and his daughter I am trying to find a living relative to had back something I believe to be of great value.

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