Luger P08 Pistol Holster : Private S W Carver, 27 Battalion, AIF

Accession Number REL44945.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Firearm accessory
Maker Hermann Thieme
Place made Germany
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Luger P08 brown leather military issue pistol holster. The holster has cotton stitched seams and has a separate compartment containing a spare magazine. Inside the top flap is a pouch containing a stripping tool. A leather tongue secures the flap to the holster body with a metal buckle. Stamped into the flap is, '650 LMG 9. KOMP'. On the body is stamped, 'HERMANN THIEME MAGDEBURG 1917'. The leather quick release tap is in place. There are two belt loops on the back. The Luger has a spare magazine and take down tool.

History / Summary

This captured German Luger pistol holster related to the service of 5563 Private Samuel Walter Carver, 27 Battalion, Australian Imperial Force (AIF). Carver was born in Adelaide and he joined the AIF on 30 March 1916 with his next of kin recorded as his mother Mrs Josephine Carver of Muloowurtie, South Australia. He embarked for overseas service onboard HMAT A68 Anchises on 28 August 1916 and he returned to Australia on 26 July 1919. He died on 6 August 1967 and he is commemorated at the South Australian garden of Remembrance. A family story about the capture of this pistol relates to Samuel sitting with the original owner whilst he died.