Your story spiked my interest and I found this while trolling. Woolwich was a famous artillery academy and had some very important teachers and students, I figured someone would have documented it at some time. Its tough when your searching about something from another country even if its England, the terms for things are different! You would be surprised at the varying return data according to the way something is worded. Then I found the list of every graduate of Woolwich and the rest is history. Took less than an hour once I decided how I would find a list of probable names to choose from.
I cant really be positive about the ID but I would say that it was where it was shipped to as verified by Richard that begs this conclusion. He even stated that this was likely a weapon purchased for a student so being the fact that all the graduates were listed, it only left this one name in the ring. He attended 3 primary private schools (Eastman's Academy, Bath College, and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich), so he was certainly from some wealth so he could afford a piece like this. He was also the son of a national hero, a recipient of the nations highest honors, the Victoria Cross.
It is possible that ringing those phone numbers could get some info but I do think the linkage is pretty possible and probable. Good call HH, Insurance is a great Idea, especially now that the piece is known to exist and it is most certainly a high value item.
Ok Kim, probably are correct, Im p-poor at being an opportunist but I will up my fee to a Pint Of Gentleman's before the sale and a quart of Single Barrel after!