The WW1 Canadian Expeditionary Force finds keep coming up. Nice ones seem to be rare but one of today's finds is a peach in my book.
There was the now usual .303 drill rounds, but was very pleased with this button from the 160th Overseas Battalion (Bruce) of the CEF.
What I have found out about them:
"Lt. Col. Adam Weir set about to recruit a Battalion of 1153 men from Bruce County with a population of 43,000, in December 1915. On October 14th, the Battalion entrained for Halifax and on October 17th, all were safely aboard H.M.T. METAGAMA. At that time the Battalion numbered 31 officers, 841 OR's. They arrived in Liverpool harbor about midnight October 27th.
For the next 15 months the Battalion trained around Witley Camp and Bramshott Camp. On Feb. 13th, 1918 orders were received for the 160th to furnish drafts of 100 men each to proceed to the 1st Battalion and the 2nd Canadian Pioneer Battalion, the remainder of the Battalion to be absorbed into the 4th Canadian Reserve Battalion"
not sure how rare this item is, but very pleased
Great find !
Excellent find and to connect it to a group that where on your site is fantastic
Only the one button keep up matey. but on a more serious note, nice finds. Check those rounds with the wooden HEADS, they might be more live than you think.
Oh, and yes its an ink bottle have dug lots of them too.
The round nosed wood bulleted drill rounds are "Cartridge SA Dummy Drill Mark III" originally introduced in List of Changes Paragraph 11832 on 29th May 1903.
They were replaced by the Mark IV with a pointed wood bullet in 1910 to match the pointed Mark VII ball round introduced that year, but the pointed bullet proved fragile in service and so the Mark III was reintroduced in 1913 and the Mark IV declared obsolete.
The Mark III served throughout WWI despite the Dummy Drill Mark V and VI with metal covered bullets being introduced in 1917.
British Military Smallarms and Ammunition
Collector, Researcher and Pedant
ha ha ha... very true, plus after sitting next to my hole full of buttons did give me very dead legs as I was stuck there for well over and hour!
Another fantastic proper ID from Tony nice one