Sergeant Major Edward Warburton’s Loser’s Trophy and Boxing Gloves.

I can now report the my gall bladder has been removed successfully and I am back home, slowly healing.

The following photos were sent to me by Bruce Warburton of Victoria, British Colombia. They concern his father Edward and his famous boxing match. I have added them to the Warburton Artefacts Page in the Gallery.

Edward was born in Leicester in 1908 and immigrated to Victoria along with the family of 10 brothers and sisters and their Mother and Father in 1912. He had joined the Canadian Scottish Regiment in 1927 and served in WW II in Britain, Italy, Holland and Germany. He was demobilized in 1945 and returned to life with his family.

This photo of Edward was from a newspaper cutting. It was accompanied by the following text:

Sergeant Major Edward Warburton, Army, 16th Canadian Scottish Regiment, Victoria, BC. Reserve duty 1927-39, active duty 1939-45. European Theatre: Italy, France & Germany.

He was awarded the 1939-45 Star, Italy Star, France Star, Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal & clasp & Canadian Efficiency Medal (Long Service).

Many like our father didn’t talk about their war years. We don’t know as much as we would like about his service in Britain and Europe or as much as we should know to tell his grandchildren. There is one story in particular that was told many times over the years and happened just before the war. The Royal Navy was in Victoria and a variety of sporting events were arranged with the visiting sailors. Our farther was nominated for the boxing as he had done a little bit of this sport in his earlier years. talk about taking one for the team; his opponent was Cief Petty Officer Cox, the Royal Navy Champion in his weight class. The results were predictable needless to say. Cox won, our father was a bit battered and the trophy was on our mantle piece for years. The inscription which reads: “Sergeant Major Edward Warburton – Best Loser”. Loser was for the event, not the participant but it speaks of the character of our father; a great dad, a good husband and provider for his family and who served his county honourably.

Edward’s trophy and his boxing gloves. Both the trophy and the gloves have now been donated to the Canadian Scottish Museum by his three sons.

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