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eMedals-A North West Canada Medal 1885 to the Halifax Provisional Battalion

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A North West Canada Medal 1885 to the Halifax Provisional Battalion


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A North West Canada Medal 1885 to the Halifax Provisional Battalion

(- H. JOHNSON - H.P.B.). Naming is engraved in large stylized capitals. Original ribbon with pinback, dark patina, bruised, contact marks, residue in the recessed areas from cleaning, very fine. Footnote: The Halifax Provisional Battalion was a military unit from Nova Scotia, which was sent to fight in the North-West Rebellion in 1885. The battalion was under command of Lieutenant-Colonel James J. Bremner and consisted of 350 soldiers made up three companies from the Princess Louise Fusiliers, three companies of the 63rd Halifax Rifles (formerly the Halifax Volunteer Battalion), and two companies of the 1st "Halifax" Brigade of Garrison Artillery, with thirty-two officers. The battalion left Halifax under orders for the North-West on Saturday, April 1, 1885 and they stayed for almost three months. The Battalion was assigned garrison duty along the Canadian Pacific Railway main line that stretched across the prairies. After a short stay in Winnipeg, the Battalion was broken into four components and sent to Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Saskatchewan Landing and Medicine Hat. Soldiers had to remain on high alert because of possible raids on their positions. Private Henry Johnson, Halifax Provisional Battalion is listed on the roll of the North West Canada Medal, published by Spink & Son Limited London in 1975, page 110.
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