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21 Oct 2015
04:58:27pm
Hi all

I have had this card for a while, but, cannot determine if the image is that if a police officer, or a military officer? There aren't any inscriptions on the card at all and the postmark on the back is very feint and I cannot make it out. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks a lot.

Chimo

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21 Oct 2015
05:51:14pm
re: Mounted Canadian Police Officer or Military?

It looks to me like the uniform of the Northwest Mounted Police, circa Boer War (1900), predecessor to the RCMP:

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More here: http://www.militaryheritage.com/nwmp.htm

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21 Oct 2015
07:49:14pm
re: Mounted Canadian Police Officer or Military?

Excellent link Roy - thanks! I knew they were the predecessors of the RCMP - this link really gives a good introduction to the beginnings of the Dominion's own force.

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21 Oct 2015
08:08:28pm
re: Mounted Canadian Police Officer or Military?

The NWMP helmets didn't have a badge as this one does (at least, I can't find an image of one with a badge). This may be a local policeman, or I'm thinking a British soldier. Their pith helmets did carry badges.

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21 Oct 2015
08:22:09pm
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Wasn't there a crossover between the NWMP & the military? Or perhaps a symbol of a higher rank in the NWMP?

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21 Oct 2015
08:23:16pm
re: Mounted Canadian Police Officer or Military?

Based on the time period & the insignia on his helmet, he might also be of the Royal Canadian Dragoons - a military unit

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21 Oct 2015
10:58:43pm
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Thanks all for your help. I think I am getting closer to identifying this card Applause

Chimo

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23 Oct 2015
11:18:21am
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Hi all

I was looking through some boxes of postcards and came across this particular card showing an R.C.M.P. officer in an 1898 dress uniform, which I strongly believe to be the uniform and crest on the helmet to the card I originally posted in here.

Chimo

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23 Oct 2015
11:57:10am
re: Mounted Canadian Police Officer or Military?

Technically, the Northwest Mounted Police. (The Royal Northwest Mounted Police after the Boer War).

The RCMP did not exist until a merger of the NWMP and the Dominion Police in 1920. The merged entity was named the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at that time.

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23 Oct 2015
05:45:22pm
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Roy, you are correct and the postcard states the N.W.M.P. I must be getting tired Sad

I meant to make the correct statement, but, got carried away.

Chimo

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