Behind him a man is wearing the caribou hat badge. He is the only man wearing any visible form of regimental identification in the group.
All men wear the cold weather cap, with the exception of one man in the back right of the photo who appears to be wearing a civilian hat of some sort. The men carry two different rifles, identified by the bolt and magazine of some, as opposed to the smooth sided lever action rifles carried by others. The photo has been mounted on a green mat that appears to be original.
The photo contains an imprint of the mark of the photography company that developed the photo. John's quickly became the epicentre for all war related activity.
It was here that the Newfoundland Patriotic Association was form during a meeting on the 12th of August, and it was here that the Newfoundland Regiment set up its headquarters. In the early stages of recruitment in Newfoundland the Armoury was the only enlistment center and all men wishing to volunteer had to attend to sign up.
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The original commitment put forward by Governor Davidson was for a detachment of men. The response to the call for men was far greater than most had expected. At the close of the first night of recruitment on August 21st 74 men had enlisted for service, by week's end the number had increased to Numerous men from the cities 4 denominational cadet corps were among the first to enlist.
The first man to enlist in the Newfoundland Regiment was Leonard T. Stick a member of the CLB. On August 25th a group of 40 men from the Catholic Cadet Corps enlisted en-masse. By the 2nd of September, 14 days after the call for men, over men had enlisted, of who had been attested. Training of the men began shortly thereafter on the old cricket grounds at Pleasantville on the southern side of Quidi Vidi. The men were outfitted with British Army styled Pattern Service dress uniforms that had been produced locally.
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Due to a shortage of Khaki material the men were issued with tunics and trousers only, and wore civilian hats and blue puttees that were obtained from the CLB, who wore the blue leggings as part of their uniform. Though the original men to enlist and be issued the unique leggings were nick named "The Blue Puttees," the puttees were quickly replaced with correct khaki coloured ones when the first contingent landed in England.
The majority of the rifle is encased in a dark wood that runs the length of the weapon from muzzle to stalk. The bolt, that forms the rifles firing action, is worked by a lever that faces to the right.
The lever must be rotated up before the bolt can slide back. Under the muzzle of the rifle is a flat disk over which the bayonet ring is placed. The stock is capped by a brass end that has a small circular opening covered by a brass door. Under the door is a void in which the rifle's cleaning equipment is stored. A brass disk bearing the marking "N. The Rifle contains the British Government markings of an arrow and a crown at numerous points on the weapon. The weapon also contains the maker's information on the trigger guard below the bolt which reads "G.
The tip of the blade is curved from the cutting edge to the back edge. The blade also contains an oval depression that runs the length of the blade on both sides. Under the depression appears a crown and "G. The end of the bayonet is formed by a cast metal piece that contains a spring loaded locking mechanism that helps keep the bayonet attached to the rifle.
The scabbard has been formed from a single piece of leather that has been folded and stitched down the back, to which a metal end cap and collar have been attached. Commentaires : When war was declared by the British in and Newfoundland had offered forth its war time commitment, the island quickly set about recruiting, equipping, and training men for service in the Newfoundland Regiment.
John's was established as the headquarters of the Newfoundland Regiment, and the men who made up the ranks of the regiment in all reported to the armoury to enlist. The equipment committee of the Newfoundland Patriotic Association placed an order with the Canadian Government for a number of military items, which included Canadian Ross Rifles, to equip the men for overseas service.
The rifles had not reached the island by 3 October when the first contingent of the Newfoundland Regiment set sail for further training in England.