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