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  1. Eh. Just update us and say what it is. Otherwise one day, someone's going to come across something like it, find your post during research, and scream at their monitor. "WHAT IS IT, TAYLORCOATES? WHAT DID YOU LEARN?"
  2. I have a suggestion, and I did a bit of looking beforehand, but couldn't reach a satisfactory conclusion. If CM Wood was indeed a RNWMP member, and in Ireland in 1911, he might not be in the 1911 Canada Census, nor as a visitor, in the Irish census. But he should be old enough that there should be indications of someone to match him in the 1901 and 1891 Canadian census records, which are all free and available from both Library and Archives Canada, and Automated Genealogy. Being a member of the Northwest Mounted, the obvious place to look for him would be in the western provinces & territories, although he could have lived in Ontario or Eastern provinces as a younger man. This assumes, however, that he didn't emigrate from elsewhere to Canada in the intervening years and didn't appear in a census count. In that case, there should be a passenger list showing entry to Canada.
  3. Nothing in Erland Fenn Clark's book. although he has a bit at the back with an overly large image of about a hundred undecorated truncheons. The individual ones are too small to make out any details, though. Clark has a couple of Victorian Met decorated pictures, though.
  4. The "X"s are another form of a checkmark. LAC uses George Bloome as an example card, and his medals were issued, even with an X through them. Same with Major Charles Ingels, whose Long Service Medal I've got, and he was a DSO winner. His B and V are crossed out. The Great War Forum suggests that the medals were not issued until after the war was over, and that includes 1919 in Siberia, so his discharge certificate would show that the medals weren't issued *yet*, and his Medal Index Card shows that the B was indeed entered, and issued.
  5. At most, he would have the British War Medal, as he was on garrison in the UK only, and not in a theater of war. Setting foot in France, for example, would have qualified him for the Victory. Was this card or something similar included in the PDF? https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/Pages/read-medal-card.aspx
  6. Thanks, Mike. I have a couple of others that are considered magistrate's staves, too, so that's a distinct possibility.
  7. Excellent advisement. Then my speculation is wrong and it was indeed made as a George IV. Given the official Force was formed only four years later, either there's a narrow window when it was made, or they had a parish constable still around while putting together a police force.
  8. There is no database, per se. www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx The Service Files at Library and Archives will have the Medal Cards for WWI, perhaps even online if your ancestors' files have been digitized for download. That will tell you Star, War & Victory, and any gallantry medals awarded. https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/military-medals-1812-1969/Pages/military-medals-honours-awards.aspx This database is for Long Service, both Colonial and Efficiency, as well as Gallantry and Pre-WWI service medals. Coronation and Jubilee, though, would be much trickier.
  9. Woo. Now I can finally comment, because my alleged item finally arrived and I had the chance to handle it and give it a closer inspection. I asked you for your thoughts on the Dundee tipstaff/short staff, because to my mind, the best source after my books and my own knowledge is having another person give it a once-over. They're not buying it and can resist the siren song long enough to tell me if I perhaps missed something. Despite all my attempts to prove what I saw wasn't real, I still purchased it, because people I trusted said the same thing over and over: "Gut feeling is, it's good. Take the risk."
  10. Well, after waiting for Customs to finish playing around with it, I finally received my latest Scottish staff. A fellow medal collector pointed it out to me, knowing I collect this type, and I must have consulted at least half a dozen people, including some on this forum as to its authenticity. The Dundee Police Force was officially formed in 1824, and all known examples of their truncheons, including those in John Green's book, are those of the 'traditional' variety, as shown here: This one is oak, 67 cm long, by 3 cm in diameter, and bears the George IV (1820 - 1830) cipher, crown, and an 'urn of lilies', which is the Dundee crest. It's also not in any of my books, which are my first source of information. I had to rely on gut feeling, as well as comparing it with those already in my collection, and some other 'unknowns' I know of, then I sent out a flurry of messages. Everyone I asked said the same thing: 'On first look, it seems good, so take the chance'. So I did! Left is the Dundee staff, and on the right is one of my own, a George III from Brechin. Perhaps it was originally a George III that was changed to a IV, the way the narrow right arm of the V comes in compared to the left, but that's mere speculation.
  11. I checked for all of Canada, once I saw he hadn't appeared in 1881. No matching ages, even on either side of 31. It seems none of his family members remained in Hawkesbury, either. 1861 Census seems to have his parents as CW and Eliza Everett, 48 & 49 years old respectively, and another 8 Everetts beneath them. In 1871, at 21, he's now listed as head of the household, with his mother Eliza at 58. They are an Irish family, too.
  12. May have moved to the States or to the UK and just had his medal sent on to him there.
  13. The 18th was the Prescott Infantry. 245 medals to the unit, plus about 17 late issues. You're looking for Thomas J. Everett in or around Prescott, Ontario. In the 1871 Census, that's who we find. 21 year old Thomas J Everett, a Farmer in Hawksbury East, Prescott. No sign of him in the 1881 or 1891 Census, though, oddly. Because the medal would have had to be claimed by him in 1899 or later. http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1871/pdf/4396763_00272.pdf Hi, Irish. I'm Andrew, and Colonial Canadian medals are my specialty.
  14. Oh, now, Brian. I read your blogs. I just don't have much to comment on, because I'm only four years into truncheon collecting and I'm busy soaking up knowledge from you all. Nice tipstaff, Mark. If you start collecting, choose your specialty early!
  15. I can confirm this coronation baton from Edward VII's coronation is the same one sold at Campbell's in 2011. The scratches on the wood match exactly. There were 170 Gold Staff Officers at the coronation, and I now have a full list of those appointed.
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