A day without scrounge is like a day without sunshine - yesterday was garbage day!

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    Maple_Leaf_Eh
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    A day without scrounge is like a day without sunshine - yesterday was garbage day!

    Post by Maple_Leaf_Eh on Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:42 pm

    On my way to get a pizza for supper, I spotted something at the curb of one house. Listed for sale, and there were a dozen wood veneer peach baskets. Got closer, and saw canvas. Then a folded oilskin poncho. Yippee! Closer still, some 1/4" steel rods for a camp cot.

    By the time I pulled away, I had:
    1x oilskin stle Canadian Army poncho
    1x canvas bedroll cover with the name Major JJ Platt, and a Montreal address. No service number or unit markings obvious.
    parts for at least 1x canvas and rod camp cot.

    Good haul! And the pizza was good. (I had a $4 off coupon too.)

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    Post by pylon1357 on Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:51 pm

    Ha ha, I love things like this. I used to get pretty good results many many years ago, but have not had any luck in years.


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    Post by servicepub on Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:06 pm

    No guarantee but it IS an unusual name;
    PLATT, John James, Captain (Acting Major) - Mention in Despatches - Provost Corps - awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 6 October 1945 and CARO/6114 of that date.

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    Post by Infanteer on Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:07 pm

    I enjoy these stories too because it gives me hope that it may happen to me someday. A friend who works at a local surplus store told me about a guy who brought in a very valuable medal grouping that he found in the garbage of a house that was being demolished. The medals were for a fellow who served in both world wars and then as a public servant and had multiple long service awards. Very unusual. It still amazes me that people throw that type of thing away and don't have a clue that it would be of interest to someone or that it might have some value.

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    Nice Find!

    Post by edstorey on Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:27 am

    I gotta start buying pizza in your end of town!

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    Post by Seaforth Highlander on Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:35 pm

    Named kit can be fascinating to research. I recently bought a lovely condition 1942 British airborne bedroll at Marway's auction. There were three names on it - two ORs with British regimental numbers and an officer (no number).

    British Airborne Sleeping Bag, Maker marked WARING & GILLOW LTD 1942. Heavy dull tan canvas bottom, camo coth top. Has names on it PTE ROSS stroked out, LT H.G. MacWILLIAM, PTE. E REYNOLDS 4922451 stroked out and J ROSS 14410275 stroked out.

    Auctioneer said bedroll had belonged to a 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion man - and they are trying to find out his name for me. One of the names on the bedroll was for Pte Ross whom I have positively identified now as being with the Parachute Regiment, attached to 3 Parachute Brigade Headquarters (Brigadier James Hill commanding, and much beloved by 1 Canadian Parachute Bn which was in 2 Para Bde), and Ross was reported as missing in action 1944-06-06. He is still missing and is commemorated in France.

    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record says:

    ROSS, JOHN WILLIAM
    Rank:Private
    Service No:14410275
    Date of Death:06/06/1944
    Age:20
    Regiment/Service:Army Air Corps attd. H.Q. 3rd Parachute Bde
    Panel Reference Panel 18, Column 1.Memorial BAYEUX MEMORIAL
    Additional Information: Son of John Phillip and Alice May Ross, of Neasden, Middlesex.

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    Post by Seaforth Highlander on Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:41 pm

    Another story on WWII cots

    I decdied to give to a reenactor friend a folding army cot that I had been using. I had to replace the canvas and the two end cross-bars years ago so it did not have any real market value, but he could use it.

    I also had two bundles of canvas folding kit that I had never opened up and even forget where I got it from. I opened it up and lo and behold it was a complete and original clearly marked in a couple of places 1942 /|\ British issue folding army cot! A keeper. :-)

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