The Canadian militia in 1898

Caption: The Canadian militia in 1898

This lithograph was given away with the Christmas edition of the 'Toronto Globe' newspaper in 1898. It shows just how closely the Canadian militia copied the appearance of the British army, especially the more prestigious Highland, Fusilier, Rifle and Hussar units. Only the use of white 'universal' pattern helmets, used by the British only when serving in the warmer parts of the Empire, distinguishes this group from an equivalent group British regulars. Many of the units represented here are still active and wear similar uniforms as ceremonial dress in the 21st century. (Library and Archives Canada C-006332)