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Dear Peter,

The problem is, the writer is not a Vet but was a child of 12 years old during WWI. In his late eighties he wrote  some memories of his childhood during WWI.

With kind regards,

Jef

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Ah!  Yes, the human memory - not nearly infallible, as any police officer or lawyer will tell you. :(

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Some examples of LOF-related material from my collection.

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Not sure what these shoulder patches are, but appear to be from LOF's Victoria (Australia) Command.

Current/recent patrol jacket brassware - 

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Collar badges - being "stabrite" I think these are for LOF officers

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Tunic button up close

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Stabrite hat badge.

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Back of hat badge.

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Original membership badge

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I believe these are long service or good conduct badges.

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LOF Para Wing - I wonder what the qualifications are for this award.

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Current/recent shoulder chains

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Current recent rank pips. 

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Pre-WWI "monogram" collar badge and shirt button.

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Some books.

This one is the 2012 University of Alberta reprint of the Frontiersman's Pocket-Book. A very good book actually, packed with bushcraft and frontier lore. I'll find an original one day, but in the meantime, I am very pleased with this leatherbound modern reprint.

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Geoffrey Pocock's One Hundred Years of the Legion of Frontiersmen. Another excellent book.

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Roger Pocock's 1931 book "Chorus to Adventurers" details the founding of the Legion of Frontiersmen from the founder's own perspective.

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Not about the LoF, but by a Frontiersman who was quite famous in his day, Australian Walter Kilroy Harris' "Outback in Australia".

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Back in 2017, Canadian Frontiersman Historian Barry W Shandro released a wonderfully concise document about the history of the Legion of Frontiersmen. You can read it here - www.frontiersmenhistorian.info/notebook.pdf

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A few months back I was at the Australian War Memorial doing some unrelated research when I decided to a bit of a search on the LoF on a whim. Here are a few interesting bits and pieces.

This one is the Handbook of the Constitution, Rules and Regulations of the Legion of Frontiersmen, circa early 1930s

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4 hours ago, peter monahan said:

Interesting 'affiliation'!  I wonder what the RCMP made of it?  

The RCMP affiliation was fair dinkum, but was revoked in the late 1930s due to a series of "schisms" within the LoF. 

See - https://frontiersmenhistorian.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/legion-of-frontiersmen-in-canada-part-5/

"1939 – King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, Visit to Canada. The Frontiersmen were a lauded and efficient auxiliary to the security and crowd control efforts of RCMP during this Royal Tour of Canada. This was to be the high point of LOF affiliation with the RCMP, as the affiliation was terminated in October 1939 largely due to organizational squabbles within the Legion."

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I also discovered a treasure trove of documentation on the Australian Legion of Frontiersmen whereby the Australian Intelligence Corps (a forerunner of the modern-day Australian Secret Intelligence Service and the Australian Army Intelligence Corps) called upon Australian Legion of Frontiersmen personnel for intelligence collection duties overseas, which I was not expecting...

 

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