Those WD markings show up in a lot of WWI photos but I don't know what they mean. British, maybe?
The W D with the "Broad Arrow" is the British War(Ordinance) Department marking. It was used as an acceptance stamp on arms, a stencil on canvass items and other military property.
"Load Not to Exceed 1 Ton" makes me smile. When I was a kid my grandfather was using the TT I now have as his orchard truck. We'd use 40 pound fruit boxes. During the season we'd load that ol' truck with 100 or more full boxes. Do the math.
Often the orchard dirt was soft having been disced. The truck tires would sink in. He'd slip the Muncie into low, push the pedal down for planetary low and off we'd go. It was a slow process, but that truck never hesitated.
Thanks for that explanation. I had seen that before, but couldn't think of where. Since you mentioned that, I'm pretty sure I've seen that on some Enfield rifles.
I have a rifle with that same stamp.
My grandfather was a naval quartermaster in Gibraltar docks circa 1908. I have 2 glass decanters marked on the base with the War Dept broad arrow.
The broad arrow was used on all sorts of government property in Australia, not just the military. The padlock I have on my roadster running board toolbox has the arrow and the word 'electoral', presumably from a voting box.
Allan from down under.