Date Published: 1866 & 1867
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
Two certificates for Casimir S. Gzowski Jr.;
#1) 1866 CW 18th January Second Class certificate: Was folded, now flat, 14-1/2 x 10 inches. Parchment two sided with printed type and handwritten on front and handwritten docketed information on the reverse. Signed, ?. Colonel, Commandant of School of Military Instruction Toronto. Very good condition.
#2) 1867 CW 8th November First Class Certificate: Was folded, now flat, 14-1/2 x 10 inches. Parchment two sided with printed type and handwritten on front and handwritten docketed information on the reverse. Signed, ?. Colonel, Commandant of School of Military Instruction Toronto. Good condition.
Casimir S. Gzowski, II [1848-1922], was a stock and Exchange broker in Toronto, Ontario. The family resided at 60 Glen Road, Rosedale, Toronto; there were 12 children of the marriage. Interment in the family vault at St James Cemetery.
His father was Sir Casimir Stanislaus Gzowski (1813-1898) and his grandson was Peter Gzowski (1934-2002) a Canadian broadcaster, writer and reporter, most famous for his work on the CBC radio shows.
Long before the Royal Military College of Canada was established in 1876, the School of Military Instruction was established.
A Militia General Order of 25 February 1864 announced that Schools of Military Instruction would be established at Toronto and Quebec "for the purpose of enabling officers of the Militia or candidates for commissions in the Militia, to perfect themselves in a knowledge of their military duties, drill and discipline". Thereafter, it would be necessary for all candidates for commissions in the Service Militia to obtain a certificate from one of the Schools of Military Instruction before the commission could be issued. A First Class Certificate was issued to candidates "who shall have proved themselves... able to drill and handle a Battalion in the field and who shall have acquired a competent acquaintance with the internal economy of a Battalion." All field officers and adjutants were required to have a First Class Certificate. To receive Second Class Certificates, candidates were required to prove themselves "able to command a company at Battalion drill and to drill a company at 'company's drill' ". (Regulations and Orders, 1883, page 147).
Very Good. Item #4341