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    Winnie the Pooh?

    Post by southsaskscotty on Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:21 am

    I stumbled upon this post card in some of my old military photos and thought that I would share. It would seem that this is a photo of the actual Winnie before he was the Pooh! What do you think?

    From the Veterans Affairs Canada Website:

    In 1914, just after the First World War began, Harry Colebourn of Winnipeg began his train trip to the army camp in Valcartier, Quebec. Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Valcartier is located 25 km west of Quebec City. CFB Valcartier was erected as a military camp in August of 1914 to train soldiers at the beginning of the First World War. Because of its location close to the port of Quebec, it became the largest military camp on Canadian soil, having some 32,000 men and 8,000 horses.
    It was a long ride to CFB Valcartier, so the train made a stop in White River, Ontario. That’s where Harry met my relative, a cute black bear cub whose mother had been killed by a trapper.

    Harry bought the cub for $20 and named her “Winnie,” after—you guessed it—Winnipeg, Manitoba, his hometown. Winnie became the mascot of Harry Colebourn’s infantry brigade and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to England with her new friends.

    Soon after he arrived in England, Harry Colebourn was sent to the war in France. It wouldn’t be safe for the bear cub or the soldiers to have Winnie with the army, so Harry donated Winnie to the London Zoo. She would be cared for and the children of London would be able to enjoy seeing Winnie.

    During the war, Harry Colebourn worked with the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps—more animals for Harry! And lots of children visited the London Zoo to see Winnie. One of those children was Christopher Robin Milne, whose father was a writer. After their visit, Christopher Robin named his toy teddy bear “Winnie the Pooh.” His father wrote a book about his son and his bear.
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    Re: Winnie the Pooh?

    Post by pylon1357 on Wed Jan 06, 2010 6:29 pm

    Darned straight its Winnie, later, more famously known as Winnie the Pooh.

    That is a very very famous photo. Some plce around home, I have small book titles The Real Winnie the Pooh, or something to that effect.

    Truly a remarkable part in Canadian History. Had it not been for Miline, Winnie (as we know her) would have never existed.


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    Post by RossT on Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:06 am

    I was surfing the web and came across this photo, I assume the same bear cub.
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    Post by Battalion Colours on Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:42 am

    RossT wrote:I was surfing the web and came across this photo, I assume the same bear cub.
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    Yes Ross, that is another well known photograph of Winnie.


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    Post by Battalion Colours on Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:44 am

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    Officers Second Canadian Infantry Brigade with Winnie, [England], 1914.




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    Post by Battalion Colours on Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:50 am

    For those who might like to read more about Winnie:

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    Post by RossT on Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:56 am

    Adam,
    My interest in the photo had been mainly in the illustration of variations of how the Canadian Oliver Equipment of 1899 was worn, the soldier to the left with only the belt, showing the tendancy for the leather tab behind the "S" clasp to slip down in an untidy manner. Next the full eqipment with the ammunition pouch worn over the buckle, but with the yoke assembly hooked to the rings on the belt rather than the rings on the top op the pouch, the water bottle fitted over the equipment to keep it readily accessable on the march. Next, no ammunition pouch visible, if one is being carried it is on the right of the belt under the groundsheet roll. The yoke assembly is being worn and is fitted to the rings on the belt. The haversack is being worn, as per regulation as the first item of equipment fitted and under the equipment waist belt. Last soldier, again with the haversack under the belt, but without a yoke assembly being worn, the ammunition pouch on the right side and again the water bottle over the top of all the equipment. A really nice illustration of variations of how Oliver P1899 was used in WW1.
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    Re: Winnie the Pooh?

    Post by CampX on Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:59 am

    Thus is an interesting topic. I have now seen 5 different Battns that had Black Bears as mascots.
    In my collection I have an original photo of a Soldier of the 19th Battn with a Black Bear cub.
    On the back is written the Soldiers name as well as "Henri" the Mascots name, dated 1915 Toronto

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    Re: Winnie the Pooh?

    Post by shootemup on Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:48 pm

    The 47th CEF had a black bear, decent size, for mascot, and the 131st CEF had two cubs... Great pics in the new Westie pictorial history book.

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