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Colt Government Model .45 ACP - Serial Number C7419 - Major William Taylor of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces (ca. 1914)

Mike P. Collection in Vancouver B.C.

Colt Government Model 1911 serial number C7419 - This pistol was acquired from the grandson of the original owner, Major William Taylor of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces WW1 1914-1918. Major Taylor was with the 1st wave of the CEF 13th Battalion and saw front line action in well known battles such as the battle of the Somme in France. He was gassed during one of the battles in spring 1915 and spent some time convalescing. He also contracted pneumonia at some time during this period. Major Taylor was also the paymaster for the troops.

The pistol was either issued to Taylor, or bought by him from Lewis Brothers Hardware Co. in Montreal Quebec, Canada. It was part of a lot of 25 shipped from Colt on August 16, 1914, just 12 days after Britain declared war on Germany on August 4, 1914. Major Taylor was mentioned in two dispatches for gallantry and distinguished service and received the Order of the British Empire medal in June, 1919. He survived the war and died in London, Ontario in 1941.

 

Right side of C7419

Major Taylor was mentioned in two dispatches for gallantry and distinguished service and received the Order of the British Empire medal in June, 1919.

 

 

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