I love the 13 pdr, it's a great bit of kit. It's a great gun to turn out for ceremonial duties, plenty on it to polish and blanco. To hear the jangle of horse harness and the rumble of the gun carriage wheels is a great sound. I don't half miss it, well sometimes
It would be great if you could post lots of photo's of the gun as you work on it. You could use a site like Photobucket and just post a link. I would love to see close ups. I will not restore it as has been done with the Kings Troop guns but we will make it a "Parade" gun
I will look into Photobucket (any pointers will be welcome), not sure how to do it so it may take some time.
Are there any dates etc on your gun? It is barrel number 298 of 1913, it was issued to the THA in 1914
Do you know any of it's history? Somewhat, it served with the THA in German South West Africa and was lost to the Germans at the Battle of Sandfontien on 26 Sept 1914. The gun was not used by them as they never had any ammo but they pulled it with them and just prior to their defeat outside Tsumeb on 9 July 1915, they pushed this gun (and many opthers) into the seemingly bottomless water pit, Lake Otjikoto. Fortunatly, it was not so and an while some guns (including this one) were recovered from the Lake shortly thereafter, others were only recovered in 1984 (I think the date is correct). One of them was the sister gun (Barrel Number 288) of the one we have and is now displayed in the Tsumeb Museum.
This gun then saw action in East Africa with the SAA and was returned to the THA after that. In 1922, it was one of the guns (the other was Barrel number 292, still with the THA), that saw service during the Rand Revolt.
If you do have some time, I would like to get the dates and Barrel Numbers of the Kings Troop Guns, if you know of someone that could help?
Greetings from an ex Horse Gunner,