leather pouch with pointed flap, 4" x 3", pipe-clayed, brass
button, and button hole, and stamped 814, D, BRA). Mr. Murray
said - "This is one of the pouches belonging to the Royal
Engineers. I imagine they carried it on their waist belt, and I think
it was to hold the percussion caps; they used large, very large,
percussion caps; used them on the Enfield rifle; short Enfield rifle;
it is one of the Royal Engineer pouches; I swear it is. Father had a
whole lot of them in a barrel."
Major Matthews (City Archivist) said - "Well, when the RE went
away, didn't they take all their accoutrements away with them?"
Murray - "Those who went back to the regiment did. But, there was
a whole lot of uniforms, accoutrements, short Enfield rifles, stores,
which were left behind; that remained at the Camp. All the equipment
they left behind remained at the Camp for years. We lived next door;
that was why Father was looking after those stores."
conversation with John Murray,
son of Sapper John Murray RE.
Saturday, 20 August 1938
Mail Steamer "Shannon"
23 December 1863.
"Transfer of Arms, Accoutrements etc.
from Captain JM Grant, RE to C. Brew, Esq. J.P. by order of
Colonel Moody, RE Commanding"
New Westminster, BC.
11th November 1863
Rifles - Lancaster - 131
Swords for ditto - 132
Pouches for ditto - 133
Belts - pouch - 133
Belts - waist - 135
Slings - rifle - 133
Bugles - 2
Turnscrews - common - 72
Turnscrews - cramp - 4
Jags* - 48
Transferred to C. Brew, Esq.
Signed Grant RE
Countersigned HJ Palmer, LT. RE
11 November 1863
Certified in Store
Signed JH Rylatt
Countersigned C. Brew
* a jag is the
tip on an Enfield/Lancaster ramrod.