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Officer and gunner, 1st Halifax Brigade of Garrison Artillery, 1891

Caption: Officer and gunner, 1st Halifax Brigade of Garrison Artillery, 1891

The dress of Canadian gunners was virtually identical to that of the regular British artillery. After 1886, Canadian regulations ordered a white pith helmet for the Artillery, such as British troops wore in warm climates. Most militia units continued to wear the pillbox cap seen on the gunner in the background of this plate. The Halifax unit had its origins in a militia battery raised in 1791. It went through several changes of title, becoming the 1st Halifax Brigade of Garrison Artillery in 1870. Men from the Garrison Artillery were part of the Halifax Battalion mobilized during the Northwest Rebellion of 1885.