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    Post by midsm Thu May 26, 2016 2:29 pm

    I have recently been given my Grandfather's medals, pins etc from his service in WW1 with the Canadian Field Artillery; signed up with 49th Battery, reassigned (?) to 84th Battery then served in France until he was mustard gassed with the 23rd Battery. He was a BQMS when he came back to Canada after being in hospital in England.
    I have a couple of Artillery shoulder pins (correct name?) but no cap badge which I'd like to find, and some of these brass King's Crown pins, as well as his sergeant's stripes.
    What are the Crowns and were they part of his uniform as BQMS?

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    Post by Tankermike Fri May 27, 2016 9:42 am

    The crowns are for the rank of a Major

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    Post by Infanteer Fri May 27, 2016 3:42 pm

    Usually the crowns were embroidered but there are plenty of examples of brass crowns being worn with the BQMS insignia. If these crowns came from your grandfather then they are likely from his rank insignia.
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    Post by pylon1357 Sat May 28, 2016 8:36 am

    Wait a minute, IIRC, a Battery SJT Major in WWI would be a crown over a cannon over the SJT stripe. Correct or not?


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    Post by Bill Mon May 30, 2016 5:41 am

    Yes, metal crowns were common as part of the rank insignia in the First WW. The BQMS wore the combination of crown cannon chevrons.

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