1840 Canada

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1840 Canada

Postby plbramham » Mon Dec 22, 2014 7:50 pm

Pretty self explanatory I guess! 34th (Cumberland) Regiment - later 1st Bn. Border Regiment in Canada 1840 ( postcard from approx. 1939). Note red and white "pom-pom" on helmet.
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Re: 1840 Canada

Postby kerchi » Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:23 pm

Super image Paul. What were the 34th doing in Canada in 1840? They were there in Quebec in 1776 as reinforcements fighting against the Americans who were laying siege.
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Re: 1840 Canada

Postby kerchi » Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:40 pm

Just read in Tried and Valiant, they were sent to Nova Scotia in January 1838 to assist in "quelling the Canadian rebellion". I see what you mean about the pompom. Obviously, the Battle of Arroyo dos Molinos is a pivotal point of the 34th's history where they were "accorded the right to wear the red and white tuft or pompom of the 34th French on their Shakos. For some reason the privilege had fallen into disuse and it was found necessary to re-apply for the right: as a result of some correspondence, a letter was received giving permission for the tuft to be resumed."
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Re: 1840 Canada

Postby plbramham » Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:50 pm

34th red & white "pom pom" referred to Arroyo battle honour for the 34th during Peninsular War in Portugal, hence why the red felt background to pierced centre of Border Regt. badges continued the tradition
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