Monday, June 24, 2013

Military Monday: Oh Canada! WWI Military Badges

Heirloom belt from WWI
I saw this wonderful belt for the first time on Saturday, when a family discussion about genealogy reminded the current owner that he had this in his possession. Hubby remembered seeing it in the attic of his childhood home many decades ago.

It was passed down by a Canadian relative--mostly likely Captain John Daniel Slatter of the 48th Highlanders of Toronto. Capt. Jack, as we like to call him, was hubby's great-uncle, one of three military bandmasters in the Slatter family.

Capt. Jack was very close to his sister, Mary Slatter Wood (who married James Edgar Wood in Ohio). We have a couple of photos of him: One, above, shows him at Camp Borden in Canada in 1917, where he trained dozens of military bands and 1,000 buglers.

According to the 48th Highlanders Regimental Museum, Capt. Jack's military record was:

1874-6    Training Ship Royal Harry
1876-81  Royal Fusiliers
1881-6    "A" Battery Royal Canadian Artillery (Quebec City and Northwest Battalion)
1916-9    Officer-in-Charge of Training Bands & Buglers, Military District #2
1896-1946  48th Highlanders of Canada (based in Toronto)

Because he was in charge of training, he would have been able to trade badges with many of the military men he trained.

Above and below are the first closeups of the badges on this incredible heirloom belt. More to come soon, leading up to Canada Day on July 1st.


  1. It sounds like your husband's great-uncle had an interesting military career, Marian. My family also has a connection to Camp Borden: my sister was an Air Cadet for a few years and spent a couple of summers there in the mid-1970s.

  2. Wow, an Air Cadet?! She must have stories to tell...Thanks for reading and commenting, Yvonne :)

  3. AnonymousJune 25, 2013

    Hi Cuz,

    So excited for you that you guys are finding all this great stuff!

    Philly Cuz

  4. Hi Cuz, It was quite a treat to see this belt! I'm still trying to find the descendants of Capt. Jack. Warmly, Cuz M :)