CANADIAN P1903 LEATHER FIVE POCKET BANDOLIER
CANADIAN PATTERN 1903 50 ROUND MARK I BANDOLIER EQUIPMENT - ORIGINAL
This Canadian bandolier has c board arrow and the soldiers name and ID number written on the back. W.J.M., H54148, R. Loader, Milton Ludson, 117
Officially designated as "Bandoliers for Mounted Infantry" Canadian Pattern 1903 five pocket 50 round bandolier intended to carry 10 clips each of 5 rounds, two to a pocket.
The P-1903 bandolier is brown leather with five pockets and a steadying strap, 2 buckles and runner. The steadying strap was used for securing the bandolier to the waist belt, so it wouldn't bounce around when riding.
The Bandolier was introduced in 1903 for use in conjunction with the newly adopted charger-loading SMLE rifle ("Short, Magazine Lee-Enfield").
Used prominently in WWI and again in WWII.