Short Magazine Lee-Enfield No 1 Mk III* Rifle : Private G J Giles

Place Europe: France, Picardie, Somme, Corbie Albert Area, Morlancourt
Accession Number REL/05813.001
Collection type Technology
Object type Firearm
Physical description Brass, Steel, Wood
Location Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1918: Giles/1918 Uniforms
Place made Australia
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Short Magazine Lee-Enfield No 1 Mk III* bolt action rifle. Action stamped LITHGOW S.M.L.E. III* 1917 under the bolt arm with 3MD 49011 and the serial number on the knox form. The butt is stamped CMF over 3MD 49011 and 11/17. The rifle is complete but the firing pin has been replaced with one that has a broken striker.

History / Summary

This Australian made Short Magazine Lee Enfield (SMLE) No.1 MkIII* rifle was issued to the Third Military District (Victoria), Citizen Military Forces in November 1917.

It is part of the equipment carried by Private G J Giles, 29 Battalion, AIF as he came out of the line on his way to rest after a week on the front line at Morlancourt during July 1918.
This exceptionally rare collection of Private Giles equipment and personal effects was collected the Official Australian War Correspondent and founder of the Australian War Memorial, Dr. Charles Bean. It is the only known complete set of authentic uniform, equipment, weapon and personal effects of one single known combatant from any nation involved in the First World War.