by birkie Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:03 am
I recently acquired this complete, circa 1910, Royal Winnipeg Rifles, "Little Black Devils" tunic, complete with belt and trousers. Canadian militaria is a bit of a departure for me but I find this piece intriguing since I was born and raised in Winnipeg and am quite interested in this connection to local history.
Markings show a faded stamp ......Workman Co. Mfr's, 1910, Montreal, Quebec on the breeches along with the soldier's name CH Hall and a unit # 211 perhaps. This should make for a great research project.
The inside leather collar tab on the tunic shows W.E. Sanford Mfg, Hamilton Ontario, 1910-1911. Other markings are clearly shown on the inside of the tunic.
The photos unfortunately don't bring out the green colour, but in hand they are deep green and in battle were in fact mistaken for black (little black devils).
Looking forward to your comments and feedback.