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Photo presented to local barbershop portrays Highlanders regiment


Clyde Macdonald and Philip MacKenzie arrived at the Tartan Blade Barbershop last week bearing a gift.

It was a photo from 1915 of the 78th Pictou Highlanders Regiment hockey team. The photo is the 51st that Macdonald and MacKenzie have distributed throughout Pictou County as part of a project to help preserve local historical pictures in area businesses.

They’re done for now, but say they may pass out more pictures in the future if there is interest.

This particular photo was given to Macdonald by a relative. Among those pictured is his own great uncle Kenneth Macdonald from Sunny Brae, who was killed near Flander’s Fields in 1916 during the First World War.

In 1915 the 78th Pictou Highlanders Regiment was guarding the cable at Canso, Guysborough County, and won the Nova Scotia Championship in senior hockey. They were awarded a cup. This goes to show just how loosely senior hockey was organized at the time, Macdonald said.

In addition to Kenneth Macdonald, there is also D. Fraser, who is the rover. The captain of the team was David West from Thorburn whose position was cover point.

The centre shows the coach of the team – E. Bohn.

Some points of interest include the stick of the second player from the left which has “Mic-Mac” marked on the blade, as well as the cricket pads on the goalie and the stocking caps on some of the players.

It was a photo from 1915 of the 78th Pictou Highlanders Regiment hockey team. The photo is the 51st that Macdonald and MacKenzie have distributed throughout Pictou County as part of a project to help preserve local historical pictures in area businesses.

They’re done for now, but say they may pass out more pictures in the future if there is interest.

This particular photo was given to Macdonald by a relative. Among those pictured is his own great uncle Kenneth Macdonald from Sunny Brae, who was killed near Flander’s Fields in 1916 during the First World War.

In 1915 the 78th Pictou Highlanders Regiment was guarding the cable at Canso, Guysborough County, and won the Nova Scotia Championship in senior hockey. They were awarded a cup. This goes to show just how loosely senior hockey was organized at the time, Macdonald said.

In addition to Kenneth Macdonald, there is also D. Fraser, who is the rover. The captain of the team was David West from Thorburn whose position was cover point.

The centre shows the coach of the team – E. Bohn.

Some points of interest include the stick of the second player from the left which has “Mic-Mac” marked on the blade, as well as the cricket pads on the goalie and the stocking caps on some of the players.

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