Valcartier Panoramic | Section 3
In this section I’m focusing on the officers surrounding Col. Sam Hughes (#263) and Camp Commandant Col. Victor A.S. Williams (#261). One would expect most of these men to be high-ranking officers and so I’m displaying close-ups of each.
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Please help identify officers in this photograph:
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293 in panel 3 looks like David Watson, GOC 2nd Batt. and GOC 4th Div.
You could be right. The cap badge is not clear but it is similar to that worn by the 8th Royal Rifles. He appears to be a Lt-Col and is wearing two medal ribbons. I wonder if the dark one could be the Coronation Medal he was awarded in 1911?
Now how did you know about his Coronation medal ?
My Grandfather went with him in 1911 and got one too!
he was also with the 8th
That’s fantastic … do you still have your grandfather’s medal? While trying to find a listing of all of Watson’s medals I came across a mention of the Coronation medal in his entry in the “Dictionary of Canadian Biography”. I haven’t yet identified the white ribbon with the dark stripe next to it. Any ideas?
Yes I still have the medal. Why are you so interested in Watson ?
My interest is not so much specifically to do with Watson but rather to identify as many officers in the photograph as possible. Researching the individual could reveal some clues that aid in the identification, hence my interest in his medal ribbons.
I see. My Grandfather was at Valcartier but I haven’t been able to ID him yet (Lt..H. F. Hall) Would you care to try and ID the uniform type in two pix I have of Watson? I don’t know how to post pix on this site so I’d have to email it to you.
No problem … I just emailed you so that you have my email address.