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Old 19-11-08, 08:54 PM
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Mazeas lists four patterns of collars for the Winnipeg Light Infantry. What is the story on the patterns that were authorized in 1934? My understanding is that the oak leaf pattern with the WLI initials were granted as an honour for the 10th Battalion's action in Kitchener's Wood at Ypres in 1915. An honour shared with the Calgary Higlanders, who were also granted the oak leaf pattern of collars as the sister unit who perpetuated the 10th Battalion. The small pattern Winnipeg Light Infantry collars with the 10 CEF in the design appear to reflect that connection as well. But why two? Or were on pattern for officer's /nco's and another for or's?
Finally, how do the light infantry horn badges fit into the scheme? They bear the regimental initials, similar to the pre-1914 pattern collars.
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Old 19-11-08, 09:05 PM
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Bill, I always thought that the oak leaf patt. with WLI were the shoulder titles just like the Calgary Highlanders have.
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This is an interesting thread & I would like to hear more on this subject,I also thought the WLI were shoulder titles, I can't think of any reasoning for this though, I guess that's just what it was a thought. I hope someone can add to this, Good question Bill.
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Old 19-11-08, 09:19 PM
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I remember seeing a member of the Calgary Highlanders a few ago at the Highland Games and noticing the oak leaf titles on the then CF uniform.Also a photo montage from diggerhistory. He must have had some original informations to do this.Click on the pic to enlarge.
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I think I got this wrong then. The WLI / oak leaf are the shoulder titles. They are quite a departure form the voided initial patterns that were the standard in the Canadian army. That makes sense.
Now, though what about the two patterns of collars? Were the oak leaf WLI used post war?
The WLI were amalgamated with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles in 1955.
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Old 19-11-08, 11:44 PM
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Bill, some information on this from our dear friend Wm.Scully. Period blueprint on the WLI giving the dimension of the collar badge and the "proposed" and rejected title (sadly no date).Click on the image to enlarge and have a better view.
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I am not the only one who has mixed up the shoulders and collars for the WLI.
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I don't know if you have it wrong or not Bill, It was just my assumption, I've noticed hamwic has a lot of good stuff on lately. Does anyone know him? I have never dealt with him. Ray
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Hi Ray, Hamwic is Tim Burt, a long time dealer and member of the CSMMI. He has a shop in Elora, an hours drive for you. Tim is a good dealer. I have never had any problems with him or his items.
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Bill and all,
I have seen a pair of officers' collar badges that had M.G. between the strings of the bugle horn. These were apparently worn from 1936 to 1946, the former date being when the regiment was converted to the machine role, By 1946 they were back to a straight infantry role.
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