Major General Rutherford Bicorn and Insignia with Documents
Here we offer some of the belongings of MGen Robert William Rutherford who was the Commander of the 6th Canadian Division during the first World War and a regular force Artillery Captain during the Northwest Rebellion. He was also a noted artist with several well known works depicting military historical events that are note worthy.
MGen RW Rutherford was born Aug 21, 1857 and attended the Royal Military School in Halifax, graduating in 1877. He was an Officer in the Canadian Regular Permanent Militia 1877 to 1885 stationed in Halfax, Kingston and Ottawa. He was in Col Otter's Column during the 1885 Rebellion. He was a Capt in "B" Battery Royal Canadian Artillery on this campaign. He was Mentioned in Dispatches for distinguished service at Cut Knife Hill and in Operations against Chief Big Bears' band. He was later promoted Major in 1896, LCol in 1905 and Col in 1907. He was Commandant of the Royal School of Artillery from No 15 1907 to Mar 31, 1908 and then appointed Master General of Ordnance and Colonial Militia Staff in Apr 1908. He was later appointed Commanding Officer of the 6th Divisional Area in 1913 and promoted Major General Dec 23, 1914 until his retirement Mar 31, 1916. He died Jan 5, 1933 at 75 and is buried in Cataraqui Cemetery.
Included in the collection are a girth of documents, both official and personal correspondence, military documentation, original art work and scrap books, his General's insignia and his bicorn. Although the tin reads Colonel Rutherford, the bicorn, in mint condition, was modified with General rank braid. The General rank feathers are in good condition and come with their tin as well, but the stem is short making mounting a little difficult, but doable. Unfortunately his medals are not included, There is a photocopy of his picture included. He was most famous for his painting called "the Surrender of Poundmaker", painted in 1887, shown here, but not included.