I am looking for information on the Halifax riots of 1945.
My grandfather was a sailor during WW2 and participated in these riots. He had a dark brown leather encased rod (not sure what the core is, possibly iron? It feels like metal) that is about 2.5 ft long, and 3/4 in wide that he somehow acquired during this time, but would never tell anyone how he got this.
I'm sure the story of how he acquired it is not one of his prouder moments, but I have always been curious as to who he may have taken it from. Did police officers of that time carry these types of rods? Did higher ranking military officials? I'm sure the story will never fully come out, but I would love to find out what I can about this odd "heirloom".
If you have any information, please let me know.
Amy Erickson Rohde