Through the kind generosity of Mr. Andy Perkonig of Powell River, BC, the 15th Battalion Memorial Project recently acquired the revolver carried by Lt George Henry Findlay of the 15th Battalion during The Great War.  The now permanently deactivated revolver with Lt Findlay’s name engraved on the frame (by him) will be donated to the Regimental museum for display.

In 1899 Canada acquired a number of Colt New Service revolvers (chambered in .45 Colt) for Boer War service, to supplement its existing Model 1878 Colt Double Action revolvers in the same caliber. In 1904/5 the Northwest Mounted Police also adopted the Colt New Service to replace the less-than satisfactory Enfield revolver in service since 1882.

Colt New Service revolvers, designated as Pistol, Colt, .455-inch 5.5-inch barrel Mk. I, chambered for the .455 Webley cartridge were acquired for issue by the British War Department during World War I. British Empire Colt New Service Revolvers were stamped “NEW SERVICE .455 ELEY” on the barrel.

The Colt New Service was a popular revolver with British/Canadian officers, and many of them had privately purchased their own Colt New Service revolvers in the years prior to World War I as a preferred alternative to the standard-issue Webley Revolver. 60,000 Colt New Service revolvers were supplied to British Empire and Canadian forces during World War I and they continued to see official service with US until the end of World War II.