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Name Durie, William Smith
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00057 - 1865 Central Administration Battalion Letter Book

Brown hardcover bound record book with blue pages. Contains copies of letters from the 2nd Central Administration Battalion, located at Butlers Barracks, Niagara-on-the-Lake from February 23, 1865 to April 24, 1865. Most of the letters are from Lieutenant Colonel Durie, Commanding Officer and from Lieutenant Fred Dixon, Adjutant. Letters given a number (includes 36-95).

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00287 - Officers' Photobook QOR

Black hardcover book. Contains portraits, names and ranks of Officers in the QOR. Some have dates ranging between 1862-1880.

Image of Appointment of Sir William Smith Durie to Lieutenant Colonel - 1860/10/10

Appointment of Sir William Smith Durie to Lieutenant Colonel - 1860/10/10

Off white framed certificate. Certificate has blue octagonal seal in top left corner. Addressed to Lieutenant Colonel William Smith Durie, appointed to Lieutenant Colonel in the 2nd Battalion of "Volunteer Rifles of Canada". Paper on back explaining original writing has been gone over with pencil to make it more legible.

Image of Eyeglasses worn by Lieutenant Colonel Durie -

Eyeglasses worn by Lieutenant Colonel Durie -

Pair of gold rimmed glasses with missing/no arms. Glasses in a brown leather case with raised centre to accommodate nose piece of glasses.

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Durie Paperweight -

Small glass paperweight with engraved back, showing the Durie Family crest and motto

Image of Lieutenant Colonel Durie cufflinks made of 1884 US dimes -

Lieutenant Colonel Durie cufflinks made of 1884 US dimes -

Cufflinks made from two 1884 US dimes. Engraved with monogrammed initials WSD. for Col. Durie.

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Durie Hat and Plume -

White feather plume on a bicorner hat. One side is decorated with a button and cloth ribbon. Thicker bands of black ribbon also decorate this side.

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Our Absent Hero -

Book with off white cover, title on top of cover. On bottom is a write up by Toronto Star Weekly. On the back are writeups from the Canadian Magazine, The Mail and Empire, and the Globe Toronto. Book written by Mrs. Durie after her son was killed in action.

Image of Ellis Cup  - 1861/10/12

Ellis Cup - 1861/10/12

Large silver shooting trophy. Front engraved "Ellis Cup, Range 300 yds won by Lt. Col Durie 12th Oct 1861". Trophy has a large handle and a hinged lid. Lid has boy sitting on a barrel attached.

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Metal box for bicorner hat. Handle on top and latch and lock. Metal is painted/ finished on the inside. Side of box has engraved plaque on side

Image of Lt. Col. William Smith Durie, First Commanding Officer, The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada -

Lt. Col. William Smith Durie, First Commanding Officer, The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada -

Framed hand-drawn Durie Crest, with typed bio of Lt-Col. Durie.

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Lieutenant Colonel Durie -

Frame black and white photocopy of photo of Lieutenant Colonel Durie. Image showing him in uniform with white beard. He has a sword in his proper left hand, and his proper right hand hanging off of his pocket. Matted in black matting. Below photo is written "Lieutenant Colonel William Smith Durie, First Commanding Officer 1860-65

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W.S. Durie Portrait. -

Black and white photo of L/Col. W.S. Durie, the first CO of the QOR of C. This photo was probably taken between 1855-1860. He was then captain of the Barrie Rifle Team.

Image of Photo of the portrait of Lieutenant Colonel William Smith Durie -

Photo of the portrait of Lieutenant Colonel William Smith Durie -

Unframed black and white photograph of the portrait of the first Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel William Smith Durie. The original portrait was painted by J.W.L. Forster and hangs in the Officers' Mess, and a reproduction hangs in the regimental museum.