Story from a Photograph – Unknown Soldier and His Uniform

No information on the following 2 photographs, other than both of these were part of the estate of Harold Stewart and purchased at the same time as the photograph of Gordon Dewar.

The first sepia photograph measures 3″ x 5″ and depicts a soldier in his uniform.

Browne Belt & Shoulder Cross Strap
The Sam Browne belt is a wide belt, usually leather, supported by a narrower strap passing diagonally over the right shoulder

The Canadian Militia began the war wearing the Service Dress cap, which was characterized by a stiff crown and peak, with a leather chinstrap retained by metal buttons. 

Collar:  Open collar – officer’s uniform.
An open collar design, allowing the wear of a shirt and tie underneath



Front Closure:  4 button front
Pockets:  Two breast pockets, box pleated, with scalloped cut flaps secured by buttons.  Two hip pockets with flaps and buttons.

Belt: Leather belt

Swagger stick – is a short stick or riding crop usually carried by a uniformed person as a symbol of authority. A swagger stick is shorter than a staff or cane, and is usually made from rattan.
In the British Army before World War I, swagger sticks were carried by all other ranks when off duty, as part of their walking out uniform

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The Good Conduct Chevrons were worn on the left sleeve of the Service Dress uniform, with each 1-bar chevron representing four years of service, to a maximum of four.
Good Conduct Chevrons

Puttees are strips of cloth, which were worn wrapped around the lower leg in a spiral pattern, from the ankle up to below the knee. They provide ankle support and prevent debris and water from entering the boots or pants.