53rd Sherbrooke Battalion of Infantry Officer's Helmet Plate, c. 1880
53rd Sherbrooke Battalion of Infantry Officer's Helmet Plate, c. 1880 - 104 mm x 130 mm, fine quality stamped brass, gilded in gold, in near mint condition. Will not find a better example. Footnote: The Sherbrooke Regiment was initially formed in 1866 as the Sherbrooke Battalion of Infantry, becoming the 53rd (Sherbrooke) Battalion in 1867. The Regiment provided volunteers for the 12th Battalion, Canadadian Expeditionary Force in 1914. The following year, it provided the bulk of the 117th (Eastern Townships) Battalion, CEF, formed initially as a mounted unit, but quickly converted to infantry. This Battalion became the first Empire unit to provide the King's Guard at Buckingham Palace in London. The 117th was then broken up to provide reinforcements for several other Canadian units in France.