War heros weapons found in house clearance in Surrey

#1
Six firearms which once belonged to World War II hero Geoffrey Hallowes have been handed over to a museum after being found at a house in Surrey.

The guns were discovered in March 2008 by a woman who was clearing out the property in Walton-on-Thames and handed them over to police.

FIREARMS FOUND

American M1 carbine
German MP40 sub machine gun
Othaca .45 pistol (copy of an American Colt M1911.45)
British Enfield .38 revolver
American Colt .32 pistol
German Luger 9mm pistol
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/surrey/8673859.stm


Given previous reported events I suppose the finder was lucky she wasn't arrested.
 

ugly

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#3
That would be an Ithaca made Colt then! Nice find, good to see little gems are still available, I can only hope they werent deactivated!
 
#4
sunami said:
Six firearms which once belonged to World War II hero Geoffrey Hallowes have been handed over to a museum after being found at a house in Surrey.

The guns were discovered in March 2008 by a woman who was clearing out the property in Walton-on-Thames and handed them over to police.

FIREARMS FOUND

American M1 carbine
German MP40 sub machine gun
Othaca .45 pistol (copy of an American Colt M1911.45)
British Enfield .38 revolver
American Colt .32 pistol
German Luger 9mm pistol
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/surrey/8673859.stm


Given previous reported events I suppose the finder was lucky she wasn't arrested.
Given previous reported events I suppose Geoffrey Hallowes was lucky he wasn't dug up and arrested.
 
#5
considering the tone of the BBC report and that the police were 'happy' to hand them over to the museum, I guess the firearms were de-acts.
 

ugly

LE
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#6
Bit of an odd area museums, established ones such as Regtls tend not to have deacts, local authority and private do. Its sad if they have been vandalised but if thats the only way the old chap could keep his mementoes then its a sad state of affairs!
 
#7
A very interesting selection, Iwonder what Mr Hallows did in the war as it's a bit of a strange collection
 

ugly

LE
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#9
Micawber said:
Anything to back up the 'hero' tag?
If not a hero (lets face it he didnt miss a penalty in a Euro qualifier :x ) he was certainly a man of courage;
BBC NEWS War hero's weapons found in house

Six firearms which once belonged to World War II hero Geoffrey Hallowes have been handed over to a museum after being found at a house in Surrey.

The guns were discovered in March 2008 by a woman who was clearing out the property in Walton-on-Thames and handed them over to police.

Firearms specialists established their link with Mr Hallowes, who served with the Special Operations Executive (SOE).

They have now been given to the Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen.

Mr Hallowes served with the Gordon Highlanders in the Far East before joining the SOE in Europe in the second half of the WWII.

He helped to organise the French Resistance after D-Day and received a number of gallantry awards, including the Croix de Guerre and Legion d'honneur.

In the 1950s, after his return to Britain, he married the wartime SOE heroine and George Cross holder, Odette Sansom, the subject of a 1950 film starring Anna Neagle.

Odette died in 1995 and Mr Hallowes in 2006.

FIREARMS FOUND


American M1 carbine
German MP40 sub machine gun
Othaca .45 pistol (copy of an American Colt M1911.45)
British Enfield .38 revolver
American Colt .32 pistol
German Luger 9mm pistol
Following the firearms find, Surrey Police passed the details to the Imperial War Museum which was able to suggest the identity of the former owner.

The Gordon Highlanders Museum confirmed their historical context.

The firearms are to be displayed alongside Mr Hallowes' war medals.

"The acquisition of these firearms is the most important addition to the museum's armoury since it opened in 2007 and will become the most important items in the firearms collection as a whole," said curator Jesper Ericsson.

"This is because not only can we connect these firearms with an individual, but an individual with an extraordinary history."

Roger Weedon, firearms licensing manager at Surrey Police, said: "We were delighted to be able to identify the context of the use of these firearms and were able to arrange for their lawful transfer to a museum." Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/uk_news/england/surrey/8673859.stm
Published: 2010/05/10 19:59:04 GMT
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#12
tropper66 said:
A very interesting selection, Iwonder what Mr Hallows did in the war as it's a bit of a strange collection
Apparently he worked for the SOE 'guiding' the French Resistance.
 

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#13
Its no stranger than some of the collections I have seen or had!
 

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