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So, it’s 1939 and war had just broken out. My cousin, Don McLennan, is the one on the left, then Don’s friend Billy Isherwood is in the middle. We don’t know the fellow on the right. I’m surprised to see them wearing spats around their legs.

Don and Billy both came through the war alive and returned to live in Vancouver but I think they are both passed now.

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    1. FonciesCorner

      According to fashion historian, Ivan Sayers, these are called puttees. Puttees were first adopted as part of the uniform of foot and mounted soldiers serving in British India during the 1890s. They later became more widely used by a number of armies including those of the British Commonwealth.


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