There is a call from the Queen's Own Rifles for anyone who may know of the locations of missing Enfields on a monument to the Canadian Volunteers.  The monument was built to memorialize the Battle of Ridgeway in 1866, where inexperienced Canadians faced up to battle hardened Fenian invaders.

Canadian Volunteers Monument, missing the rifles and the hands that held them.

Picture from Wikimedia contributor Captmondo

The Fenian Brotherhood invaded Canada in 1866 in an attempt to free Ireland from British dominion.  Their plan was too seize enough Canadian assets to bring England to the bargaining table.  Their ranks were filled with men fresh from the battles of the American Civil War.  The Canadians on the other hand were somewhat less experienced.  

picture of Battle of Ridgeway

Battle of Ridgeway

 
The Fenians could have been stopped by US authorities, but British support of the Confederacy stayed their hand.  The Canadians got clobbered at the Battle of Ridgeway, and the US finally intervened and cut off the Fenians logistical support, causing them to finally withdraw.  To the Canadians credit, the Fenians tried again to invade in 1870, and a single volley from Canadian Volunteers drove them out of the country.

picture of monument in 1890

The Volunteers monument in 1890


The Canadian Volunteers monument is the oldest in Canada, built in 1870 in Queen's Park, Toronto.  It has recently come to light that the soldier's marble rifles are missing, and have been missing for some time.  The Queen's Own Rifles would like them returned and have sent out a call to that effect.  The perpetrators might very well be dead and gone, as a photo from 1890 show the rifles already gone, although it looks like there are plenty of real Enfields close by.  There is also speculation on my part as to what kind of rifles they were.  The Canadian Volunteers were carrying Pattern 1853 Enfield rifles, but the QOR, who was also present, were carrying Spencer Repeating rifles.

picture of Spencer Repeating rifle

Spencer Repeating Rifle, picture by Wikimedia user F-35

Picture of '53 Enfield

Pattern 1853 Enfield

The M102 was introduced in 1964 as a replacement for the WW2 M101 105mm Howitzer.  It was used extensively in Vietnam as an airmobile gun, being carried by CH47 Chinook helicopters to the tops of mountain firebases and also on river patrol boats (The larger Monitors)  It used welded aluminum carriage and trail so that it was able to be towed by a 3/4 ton truck, whereas the older gun needed a 2 1/2 ton truck to haul it.  The firing position is also lower. 

 


The M102 has also seen action by the US Armed Forces in the Gulf War and Afghanistan, but has recently been replaced by the M119, an airmobile gun designed by the Brits.  The National Guard still use this gun, and was last used by them in Iraq in 2004. It is still used in AC130 gunships.

Being hauled by a CH47

 Mounted on a river monitor in Vietnam

In a convoy in Kuwait

 

This M102 guards the old  I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Amelia, Ohio