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Militiamen raising the May pole in front of their captain’s house

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The tradition of raising the May pole in front of the Militia captain's house, which began in the era of New France, went on in French Canada until the middle of the 19th century.

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Soldier's canteen, 1847

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The canteens were an attempt to better control drinking and alcoholism, a scourge in the British army, but this had limited success as seen in this print from the 'Illustrated London News,' 20 March 1847.

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Infantry officer and ‘gentleman to the ladies’, 1873

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For all the flirting, there were few marriages. Only one officer in four married. This is an 1873 caricature by Captain Seccombe

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Officers in the mess, circa 1850

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The regimental officers' mess was something of a social centre and a military version of a private gentlemen’s club. By pooling their resources together, the officers could thus indulge in some of life's small luxuries such as good wines and pleasant surroundings.

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