Soldier of Fortune: Private Daniel Joseph Fortune at Vimy Ridge

We recently added a very special object to our collection; the helmet pictured above might initially look quite plain and unremarkable, but it has a very touching story. Continue reading “Soldier of Fortune: Private Daniel Joseph Fortune at Vimy Ridge”

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The New Pioneer: How Soldiers Kept Their Buttons Polished

Soldiers were expected to carry a lot of equipment with them while on the Front line. From a gas mask to an extra pair of socks, soldiers were prepared for the rapid changes demanded by modern warfare. Lesser-known to many, however, soldiers also carried a brass button polishing guard. Made of a thin sheet of brass, the polishing guard protected the soldier’s uniform when polishing the brass buttons still fixed to their uniform.  Continue reading “The New Pioneer: How Soldiers Kept Their Buttons Polished”