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    70th Overseas Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces, tunic

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    Post by thegate on Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:56 pm

    Hello, here is my new purchase.
    My 1st tunic from 70th Overseas Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces.

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    Post by thegate on Thu Oct 16, 2014 3:49 am

    Hello I had a small problem yesterday with photos.
    But there you see them?
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    Post by Bill on Thu Oct 16, 2014 5:00 am

    An observation. The tunic has the BWM and VM ribbon, but this unit never saw service at the front. It was broken up and put into the reserve battalions.
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    Post by thegate on Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:42 am

    The 70th Battalion, CEF, was an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. The battalion was authorized on 15 August 1915 and recruited in the Ontario counties of Essex, Kent, Lambton and Middlesex. The 70th Battalion embarked for Britain on 25 April 1916, where it provided reinforcements to the Canadian Corps in the field until 7 July 1916, when its personnel were absorbed the 39th Battalion, CEF.

    The 70th Battalion, CEF, had one Officer Commanding, Lt.-Col. R.I. Towers, 25 April 1916 to 6 July 1916.

    The 70th Battalion was awarded the battle honour THE GREAT WAR 1916.

    The 70th Battalion, CEF, is perpetuated by the 26th Field Battery, RCA.



    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/70th_Battalion,_CEF
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    Post by thegate on Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:22 am

    70th Battalion
    History
    Set up in September, 1915 under the command of Lt. Collar. I.R. Towers.
    License published in the general order 103a of August 15th, 1915.
    Mobilized to London.
    Grown again from the counties of Essex, Kent, Lambton and Middlesex.
    Embark in Halifax on April 25th, 1916 aboard the LAPLAND.
    Land in England on May 5th, 1916.
    Workforce: 35 officers, 936 other ranks.
    Absorbed by the 39th Cdn Res Battn on July 7th, 1916.
    Dismantled on August 4th, 1917.
    Authority: stopped(arrested) in advice(council) 1895 on July 17th, 1917.
    Colours put down(deposited) in the abbey of Westminster for a period of the war.
    Put down(Deposited) in the church Cronyn Memorial, London, Ontario, on February 12th, 1922.
    Immortalized by Lambton Regiment

    For the ribbond, it was there during the purchase .
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    Post by edstorey on Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:39 pm

    What Bill is saying is that the 70th Battalion was not one of the 'fighting battalions' that comprised the Canadian Corps in France and Flanders.
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    Post by thegate on Thu Oct 16, 2014 5:05 pm

    Yes I understood, me is only mentioning the route of the 70th.
    For the ribbon, I know not, can be put there later.
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    Post by ypres on Thu Oct 16, 2014 5:20 pm

    The UCI stamp is from a costume company in California ... A large lot of these Jackets came to the market about 10 years ago. I think UCI bought these jackets surplus and, in my opinion, there is no way to connect the jacket to the 70th Battalion CEF. Having said that, I think the tunic is definitely WWI vintage.

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    Post by thegate on Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:15 am

    Hello, here are 2 photos interesting of the 70th Battailon CEF.
    The first one is the 70th Battailon Recruiting station.

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    The second is 4 Platoon "A" Coy, 70th Battailon CEF has London Ontario.
    We can see 2 soldiers carrying the ribbon. would it be possible that it fights before and later entered the 70th?

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    Post by Bill on Fri Oct 17, 2014 10:07 am

    Hi Gate, More to the point, note that none of the soldiers are wearing 5 button tunics. They all have 7 button tunics. As ypres indicated the stamps in your tunic indicate the uniform was held by a costume company for a period of time. The ribbons on the tunics in the images are for some other service. Many CEF personnel were ex-imperial service or may have had Boer War service with the Canadian contingents. The ribbon for the BWM and VM were not issued until the end of the war. The tunic you have has been "pieced together". It is not an original 70th Bn tunic.
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    Post by thegate on Fri Oct 17, 2014 11:08 am

    Oh shit, OK I understand thank you! duh
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    Post by Michael Reintjes on Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:18 pm

    The Major in the first Photo is Fairbanks of Petrolia Ontario.....My father has his tunic in his collection....
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    Post by Michael Reintjes on Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:21 pm

    although your jacket is not of the 70th, it is,in my opinion a legit WW1 jacket...

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