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MAJOR (Ret) LOUIS E. GRIMSHAW, CD**, BA, MA, plfc, pcsc, late PPCLI

Lou Grimshaw is a native of St. Catharines, Ontario. He has been a professional army officer, historian, antiquarian and defence management consultant. He has had 40 years reserve and regular service with units such as the Lincoln & Welland Regiment, PPCLI, The Royal Green Jackets (UK), The Canadian Airborne Regiment, the National Defence College (Centre for National Security Studies). He has served in a variety of training and staff appointments including as a technical staff officer for the UK Director of Infantry and as Canadian National Standardization Officer in the ABCA Armies Standardization program.

He is twice a graduate of the Royal Military College with a BA(Hon) in Political and Economic Science and an MA in War Studies. He is also a graduate of the Land Forces Command and Staff College and the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College.

He is the author of numerous articles on aspects of military history and the popular collector's handbook, "Ex Coelis" - The Badges and Insignia of the Canadian Airborne Forces, long out of print and now under revision.

He holds memberships in a number of historical organizations, including
  • American Society of Military Insignia Collectors, USA
  • Association des collectionneurs d'armes du Bas-Canada, Montreal
  • Canadian Airborne Forces Association (life member)
  • Canadian Society of Military Medals and Insignia
  • Kingston Historical Society; President (1997), Vice-Pres (1992-1997)
  • Lincoln & Welland Regiment Association (life member)
  • Military Collectors Club of Canada; President (1996-99, 2005-7),
  • Military Heraldry Society, United Kingdom
  • Orders & Medals Research Society, United Kingdom
  • Orders and Medals Society of America, USA
  • Organization of Military Museums of Canada
  • Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association; President Kingston Branch (1999-2005)
  • RMC Club (life member)

With a life-long interest in military history, Lou together with his wife, Heather, has developed a hobby to a business that has served collectors around the world for over 35 years.