I recently came upon this item from the Sheffield Independent in June 1917 (attached). Apart from being a sad tale, I was surprised to learn that soldiers took their rifles on leave. That had never occurred to me before.
I've since learned from Trefcom that it was normal practice. I imagine that it could have led to many mix-ups and problems of insecurity. But I've not seen any other mention of rifles in the city during WW1. Does anyone have more information or examples, please?