Thanks for the offer of help. Indeed they do not have files as I have found out lol.
I have what I believe is a WWI Navy cap with the name C Gill inside. The cap tally is to the HMCS Rainbow, a ship purchased from the Royal Navy in 1910. It appears that some of the Royal Navy seamen stayed in service with the Rainbow during the early years.
As the tally has been retied, I thought if I could find C Gill on a personel list for the Rainbow it would help prove originality. I also was hoping to find his service file.
There was also the HMCS Rainbow submarine, I don't know at this point if the tally is of the original Rainbow or the submarine. The cap I believe to be WWI as it does not conform to the examples of WWII and post WWII that I have handled. It appears shorter and only has one vent rivet and the liner is all one piece in a black fabric.
I found a Charles Gill on LAC but would have to order his file to see if he is the right guy, but his occupation is listed as labourer and there is no rank listed. Could he be a civilian?
The cap should arrive this week and I will post pics when it gets here and I get it cleaned up. Its got quite a bit of mothing and pet hair all over it.