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Royal Canadian Artillery - Territorial Force cigarette silks

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Three interesting cigarette silks showing uniforms of the Royal Canadian Artillery territorial units...from early 20th century.

Royal Canadian Garrison Artillery Quebec

3rd New Brunswick Regt. Garrison Artillery St. John

1st Howitzer Brigade CFA Guelph

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Very nice, Irish. The Quebec RGA has a long and distinguished history - mostly of guarding Quebec City, of course. I believe it and the St. John battery both pre-date 1855 as local volunteer units, 1855 being the 'official birthdate' of the Canadian Army for various arcane and political reasons. Never heard of the Guelph unit though. There were apparently gunners in Wellington County, where Guelph is, before 1855 as well but the Howitzer Brigade was created in 1913, just in time for WWI. Very classy cards!

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Peter, about 12 years ago, as part of my duties at putting together the history of St John's Ambulance in the province, I visited a great lady (Dame Grand Gross of the Order of St John) here in Montreal. During our conversation, she mentioned her grand-father's medal which she showed me, I couldn't believe it! A Canada General Service Medal with a picture of him as a major wearing it, he was from the Quebec artillery unit. I framed the medal and photo for her, I can't help but wonder where those treasures are now that she's passed away.

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Peter, about 12 years ago, as part of my duties at putting together the history of St John's Ambulance in the province, I visited a great lady (Dame Grand Gross of the Order of St John) here in Montreal. During our conversation, she mentioned her grand-father's medal which she showed me, I couldn't believe it! A Canada General Service Medal with a picture of him as a major wearing it, he was from the Quebec artillery unit. I framed the medal and photo for her, I can't help but wonder where those treasures are now that she's passed away.

We can only hope in respectful care of the family or a collector...

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We can hope, now that they have been framed with a photo that some descendant will think 'Oh, might be worth keeping!' or at least 'Oh, not trash.' I suspect that at the very least you've increased the chances that they medal won't get turned into bullion or a brooch, Frank. Well done!

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