I own a pistol that once belonged to Lieut W.F. Cooke who served during WWI with the 67th Pioneers.
I've been trying to find more information about this man, and what battles he might served at. The previous owner told me he believes Cooke survived the war, and that he may have been at Ypres, but that's all he knows.
Any information would be greatly appreciated. Colt has confirmed based on the serial number this pistol was one of the 5000 Government Model 1911's purchased by the Canadian Government in 1914. I have had several Colt experts confirm the pistol is all original, including the barrel which is still in good shape.
The fine engraving reads:
LIEUT W.F. COOKE
I also own what I believe is the correct Mills holster, also purchased by the Canadian Government in 1914 with C broad arrow in the flap:
Any information on Cooke would be extremely appreciated!