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I have not seen these buttons before. They are a full set on a cuff rank tunic, a staff Captain named Forshaw. Also included is his shoulder rank tunic with other buttons, like Engineer buttons but with no lettering...perhaps just a staff button? Off-track buttons are not well represented here in the US with references and the web has been no help either...thanks in advance!

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Not sure - don't think - that he was wearing them as part of a BC regimental set, thought that is possible. I suspect that they are replacement buttons for whatever was originally there - 'they're brass; stick 'em on' kind of thing.

Any info. on Forshaw other than his rank and branch of service?

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They are definately original to the tunic, all matched and most sewn on period. A couple are reattached. This tunic, the other, a riding crop, sam brown and visor cap all turned up in a Florida estate, together, ribbons indicate Boer War QSA and KSA, and the WWI trio. Three blue OS stripes on the cuff rank and one red also. As its in the US, I wondered about the possibility of Canada...no one on the British medal index matched and maybe Canada is the place to look!

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The right clue in Canada...thanks to the clever members! Thomas Guy Forshaw, enlisted as a Lt. Sept 26 1914, previous service listed as 1900-01 South Africa, and shows up in a photo (which I can only see described but not pictured) in the British Columbia Regiment. He is listed as a company officer in the 7th Bn., First Canadian Contingent, which is nice. Again, thanks! Quite an interesting officer!

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According to his enlistment documents he joined in Valcartier Quebec, September 24th, 1914 so therefore could have been with the first contingent. His previous service is stated to be in the Boer War with The North Staffordshire Regiment. He enlisted as a Lieutenant

but it does not say which regiment he was assigned.

The button is also the one that was worn by the British Columbia Provincial Police.

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Please do use it, I am fine with that...I finally got the British Columbia Regiment Officer Picture to come up and see him, he is identified, its an early shot and he is wearing a 1902 high collar setup. Since these tunics have never had anything but staff tabs, and the named one is dated in 1916, I am assuming he was always on the regimental staff. I found him listed definately on the first contingent roster, and that makes me even happier. The seller thought he was a Brit, and Brits are great...but for us here, the CEF things is pretty cool. I also see where he was seconded into some kind of ordnance work in late 1917. Strange career. Wonder what he was up to in British Columbia, a very long way from his UK birthplace!

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Just noticed your reference to ordnance work. There are lots of possible explanations but if he was enlisted as an officer that implies some education or professional training and its possible he was involved in mining in BC, with knowledge of explosives, or something to do with chemicals [gas]. If he were i foirestry, BCs other big industry, I'd expect a transfer to the Cdn Forestry Corps instead. Interesting puzzle!

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Gotta hand it to the UK, so much of their info, photos and etc. are on file, available to whomever wants them, its pretty cheap to get...no crap about privacy concerns on most things, its a well run ship of state, thats why the medals are so popular...named, identified as to unit, issue cards available in seconds for about $5. Love it. But not in DC. You have to wade through volumes of either well or poorly-written unit histories, guess at misspelled names, swallow the lack of info on regular army units and inflated info on state units, and call it a day. But this is America. We do some other stuff pretty well.

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