Monday, November 30, 2020

Canada At War At Home And In The World

This display case includes weaponry and gear typical of a British soldier of the War of 1812. The uniform jacket is specific, however. It belonged to the British general Isaac Brock, a hero of the war, and is the jacket he was wearing at the Battle of Queenston Heights in the Niagara area, where British regulars, local militia, and First Nations warriors drove out an American attack. Brock would be killed during the battle, and if you look carefully, you'll see on the jacket where the bullet that killed him entered his chest. 

There is a small tear below the collar line. Looking from the fourth button down at right, and moving your eye left, you'll see it. A panel about Brock is below. Today he remains entombed at Queenston Heights, with a memorial tower set above him.

The story of Canadian military history continues, touching on things like the rebellions of the 1830s or the Fenian Raids that followed the Civil War. It also addresses military actions in the Canadian West, particularly the resistance by the Metis under Louis Riel.

The next section of the War Museum addresses imperial wars, with Canadian soldiers heading abroad on behalf of the British empire. This happened at the end of the 19th century with the South African War, where Canadians went to serve in the fight against two Boer states in South Africa.

Note the hole near the top of the hat.

This is a field gun used at the Battle of Leliefontein.

It was the first time that Canadians served in another part of the world in warfare, but a few years later, another war would bring in the world at large. That is in the next part of this area of the Museum, which we'll start looking at after the theme day.


  1. Hello,
    Great exhibit. A hole in the top of the hat, doesn't sound good.
    Take care, have a happy new week!

  2. I hope we don't have any more wars in the world...but I suppose that might not happen.

  3. The hole in the hat puts things in perspective.

  4. Very interesting! I have always liked learning about the past. History was one thing I did well in at school (many years ago!)
    Have a wonderful week!

  5. Bullet holes in fabric and holes in hats, tell the story of war.

  6. ...let's all become peacekeepers.

  7. Some day I'm going to read up on the Canadian participation in the Boer war.

  8. Interesting exhibit, William, that hole in the hat... or are there two?

  9. Fascinating exhibit and great tribute to the wars ~

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  10. "Keep ypur head down, the threat of snipers was ever present" could be a headline today in the US with all the killings happening. Very sad!

  11. @Agnieszka: thank you!

    @Cloudia: that it is.

    @Italiafinlandia: thanks!

    @Eileen: at least he wasn't wearing it!

    @Sami: not at the present time anyway.

  12. @Marie: it does.

    @Lea: history fascinates me.

    @DJan: it certainly does.

    @Tom: ideally, yes.

    @RedPat: quite true.

  13. @Red: the Boer War wasn't taught in our schools. I didn't know about it until university.

    @Karl: one hole, as the other one I see would be part of the actual design of the hat.

    @MB: that it is.

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Bill: that it is.

  14. Camouflage uniforms just might have made the general slightly less of a target.

  15. I really enjoy checking out places like this, you can learn to much about your country's history.

  16. I think your header photo is fabulous'