|A perfect example of how not to treat a antique photograph. This reverse of this image's mount was even used as a coaster under a
cup of milk or possibly a small can of white paint.
All that aside, the photograph shows a Canadian militiaman who is armed with the Ross rifle - Canada's only homegrown military
long arm. The Ross was developed during the Boer War after Britain refused to supply Canadian forces with enough Lee-Metford
or Lee-Enfield rifles. The Ross rifle served as Canada's first line long arm until the middle of World War One when its mechanical
shortcomings dictated that it be replaced by the standard British SMLE.
The militiaman wears brown leather Oliver pattern belt pouch equipment which was adopted for Canadian use c. 1898. He is also
wearing an 1896 pattern scarlet infantry frock and a straw hat rather derogatorily referred by Canadian troops as a "cow's
breakfast" hat. These straw hats were issued to Canadian troops while training up until Would War One.
6 1/4 Inches by 5 1/4 Inches (16 cm x 13.5 cm)
Blois - Photographer