'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'
In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.
Here is one that looks very similar - including the rivets:
Vickers Class K / GO machine gun in "land service" modification, with stock, bipod and magazine:
It is the second firearm from the top - enlarge the pic.
Modern Firearms - Vickers G.O. / VGO / Class K machine gun (UK)
Drum magazine : .303 inch Vickers 'K' or 'GO' gun | Australian War Memorial
Yours is obviously missing the center plate and "winding" arm - and the leather handle attaches in a different place.
But - quite similar no - 97 round cap.
Google Vickers GO magazine - image search.
Edit - some better pics of the Vickers GO - close but no cigar methinks -
The Vickers Machine Gun - Accessories - K Gun
To be some sort of bren mag
Was there a drum mag for the Vickers-Berthier used by the Indian army as a Bren equivalent before and during the war?
It is similar to the drum magazine used on the Beardmore-Farquhar LMG.
Books published to date... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack - Andersonstown'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.
Pretty sure it's the drum for a .303 Hefah Mk1.....looks like it's missing the winding key and some internals.....
Last edited by Villafuego; 10-06-2014 at 06:19 AM.