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    Hello everyone, I just wanted to remind everyone that the exclusive free access to two of Ancestry.com s databases will end soon. FREE Database Number One is
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2006
      Hello everyone,

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      ID a Soldier's Photo

      Traditionally it was very common for soldiers to have their
      photos taken in uniform before leaving for overseas
      (England). Usually a soldier was given leave to go home
      before being shipped overseas and that is often when these
      photos were taken.

      If he had brothers, or a father or son who also enlisted,
      they would try to have a group photo taken. This was not
      always possible, as leaves for individual soldiers might
      not be in the same time period.

      Many portrait studios such as Eatons, had template mats to
      enclose the photo. These mats were pre-printed had spaces
      to fill in the soldier's name, sometimes his unit plus
      other details.

      These mats were often brightly coloured with the words "For
      King & Country" or "For Service in the Great War" (it
      varied). Ornate frames could be purchased which had the
      same wording. Sometimes there would be a Canadian Maple
      Leaf at the top which 'stuck up' beyond the edge of the

      If there is no photographer mark on the photo (back or
      front) there are clues that might help you determine a date
      and place.

      First Clue

      Determine whether or not the soldier is in a Canadian or
      British uniform. I realize you obtained his records from
      the Canadian archives but both Canadian and British
      uniforms were used by the CEF (Canadian Expeditionary
      Force). Men were usually issued a Canadian uniform when
      they enlisted, and they kept this for everything done in
      Canada. After they arrived in England the Canadian uniform
      would almost always be switched for a British one. (The
      reason for this switch was that the British uniforms were
      better quality and lasted longer)

      Here are a few of the differences that might help you
      determine if the uniform is Canadian or British:

      --Canadian uniforms had 9 buttons on front (7 on the actual
      front and 1 on each front pocket) but the British one had
      fewer (I think 7 larger buttons total but am not positive
      on the exact number) There is an exception to this - if the
      soldier was in a Canadian Highland Regiment, his top
      sometimes just had 7 large buttons

      --Canadian uniforms had pointed cuffs, the British had
      straight (horizontal)

      --Canadian uniforms (except for the Highland ones) had
      stand-up collars, British uniforms did not

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