A British Crown Colony until 1948 when it became Sri Lanka.

The Great War

It wasn’t until November 1914 that 7,000 rounds per machine gun were authorised for training Colonial contingents (initially the Canadian, Newfoundland and Ceylon contingents, with others to be notified later) (Army Council Instruction 135 of 12th November 1914). Prior to this, they had been unable to train with live ammunition.


  • The National Archives, WO 293/1, Army Council Instructions 1914.