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Predicate Object Circa 1926 1921-07-02T00:00:00.000Z 1931-07-02T00:00:00.000Z 1926.195.11 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1926.195.11, W0301 2006-05-15T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-12-21T07:51:56.307Z Firearms Rafah 65 soldier collectors/wars German Verey flare pistol, WW1 Collected during WW1 by Colonel Charles Ernest Randolph Mackesy CMG, CBE, DSO (1861-1925) Charles Mackesy, a married man with several children, volunteered for service on the outbreak of war and left New Zealand with the rank of Lieut. Colonel, as officer commanding the Auckland Mounted Rifles. After a brief period on Gallipoli he returned to Egypt to take charge of the New Zealand Mounted Rifle Brigade Base. On several occasions during the 1916-1918 Sinai-Palestine campaigns he commanded the Mounted Rifles. His services were honoured with the award of a Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and his appointment as Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1917. During late 1918 he served briefly as military governor of Salt and Amman, and stayed on for several months as advisor to the new Arab administration. In 1919 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). Charles Mackesy returned to New Zealand in 1919 and resumed farming near Whangarei. He died of heart failure in 1925. His collection was shortly afterwards presented to the Museum by Mrs Mackesy. Three of his sons also served overseas during the war, and one, Harry Mackesy, was killed during the assault on Chunuk Bair in August 1915. see: German Hebel Model 1894 flare or signal pistol, WW1 Collected by by Col. Charles ER Mackesy, WW1 flare pistol; single smoothbore round barrel with octagonal breech; 26.5 mm calibre; under lever action; 9 mm band; stained wooden grips held together with single screw at centre; lanyard ring at base of grip missing: front pivot screw and locking screw missing markings: proof marks right hand side of barrel and frame on left hand side of frame: BW; 931 on body and left hand side of barrel: 931 maker: unknown, [Germany], c.1900 pistol, flare
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