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Halton Lorne Rifles, ca1881
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Halton Lorne Rifles, ca1881

This undated photograph of the Halton Lorne Rifles is thought by family to have been taken in about 1881. Captain Joseph Edward Cullingworth joined the regiment in 1866 in response to the Fenian raids. A private at the time, he received the Canada General Service medal (Library and Archives Canada, Medals, Honours and Awards record.) He was identified with the regiment for 20 years, succeeding Major Fox as captain of the Oakville company, and going to the training camp at Niagara each year. Other veterans of the regiment and of the Fenian Raids were pallbearers at his funeral in 1916: Major John Keating, W.T. Brown, John E. Pickering and Duncan Peer. Photographs of Joseph's Canadian General Service medal are included with this record. The link to the Veteran Affairs Canadian General Service Medal website provided here, has a very complete description of the medal and provides brief information on the Fenian Raids. As it says, on the rim of the medal, Joseph's is inscribed, "Pte. J. E. Cullingworth, 20th Bn."