I obtained the pictured packet of .303 inch drill rounds at SLICS from our Journal editor.
As you can see, it reads “.303 INCH D. MARK VII L.P.” and contains typical Canadian chromed, fluted and holed drill rounds headstamped “19 DAC 22 VII” and also from 1923.
I had always considered these to be Local Pattern D Mark VI until this packet turned up. Notice though that the second “I” of the “VII” is hand written and the packet was originally for D Mark VI L.P. I have now heard of two more identical packets with the same handwritten addition from “VI” to “VII”, but in Australia.
The question is are these actually Mark VII and old Mark VI packets used as an economy? That is certainly not unheard of with British packaging.
The second anomoly is that the packaging looks distinctly British and not Canadian. The label number (H290) is British rather than Canadian also.
The Drill D Mark VII was not introduced until 1932 for Naval Service and later for Land Service, so when were these packed?
Any thoughts please, especially form our Canadian friends?