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Object ID # 1955.012.012
Object Name Backpack
Title Khaki Canvas Pouch or Knapsack?
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Year Range from 1914
Year Range to 1918
Description World War I military bag or knapsack in a light brown khaki canvas material. It has two brass clips to attach onto straps. There are also a couple of brown-coloured round buttons, which each have a three diagonally-curved ridges pattern on them. There is a keyhole-shaped buttonhole. The bottom has a leather piece to it.
Provenance This item was a souvenir of the Great War (later called the First World War, 1914-1918).
Most likely collected by Arthur Clifford Husband who served overseas in World War I.

Subsequently owned by his mother, Mary Husband (neé Fraser) who died not long after her son's death. Last owned by Alice Husband (neé Gilbert), the second wife of Charles Husband.
Collection Military, 20th-c Collection
Material Canvas/Leather/Brass/Thread
Found Kemble, Grey County, Ontario
People Husband, Arthur
Function This pouch is designed to clip onto a soldier's webbing? It dates from the Great War. Canadian infantry soldiers had to carry some rations with them in case they were separated from a supply of food. They also had various items to carry (e.g. sewing kit, socks, etc.). More research is needed on who would use these and when they were introduced.