Ardythe wrote:As far as I know this man was born on May 27, 1875 in Scott's Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada. He died on September 5, 1894
in Norwood, Massachusetts, at the age of 19.
ED, in Los Angeles wrote:Date of photo aside, let's do some detective work on the original picture. It is a probably a tintype. Tintype images were all reversed unless it went through a mirrored camera...The image is reversed and you can see this by the tunic buttons. NOW...did the wearer reverse his bayonet and pouch on his belt to accomodate the reversed image? Looks like it...only he forgot to reverse his bag and shoulder strap!
GrantRCanada wrote:Ardythe: I remain convinced that I am correct.
Frogsmile (who is in the UK) apparently assumes that the Canadian Militia made all the changes that the British Army made, but that perpetually undersupported and underfunded body in fact did not do so - the retention of the Snider-Enfield rifle and P'53/60 Equipments as standard issue until the end of the 19th century is but one excellent example of that.
In fact, Canada's Militia (we had no standing Army) did not adopt this particular pattern of tunic (with the simple triple loop cuff knot) until 1876, and retained it into the early 1890s ...... One case in point: this photograph of 'C' Company of Canada's Infantry School Corps, four Companies of which constituted the infantry component of Canada's tiny Permanent Militia (i.e. actually full-time but still deemed to be Militia) established in 1883 with a total strength of 750 men, all branches.
This particular image cannot date before the early 1890's, as they have the Martini-Henry rifles (and P'1870 valise Equipment) with which they (alone, of all Canada's Militia units) were finally issued in 1892. (Garrison Artillery batteries, another component of the Permanent Militia, were also eventually issued Martinis, but not until 1895-97.)
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