The Canadian Provost Corps
1946 - 1968

Mess Dress

As the Canadian Provost Corps was formed during wartime, no provisions were made in Dress Instructions for Mess Dress and Patrol Dress uniforms. Following the end of the Second World War, Ceremonial Dress, Patrol Dress and Mess Dress was authorised for the Canadian Provost Corps.

Mess Dress was was approved for wear by Officers for formal mess dinners. The authorized pattern of mess dress consisted of a short scarlet "bum freezer" jacket, blue waistcoat with a gold cummerbund and dark blue overalls with a 1 3/4 inch wide red stripe down the sides. Officers of Field Rank wore Chelsea or Quarter Wellington boots with box spurs.
The epaulettes, cuffs and the front of the jacket of officers of Field Rank were trimmed with gold.

In the Far East or tropics officers were expected to provide themselves with tropical mess dress. This consisted of a white cotton or linen mess dress jacket, white shirt with black bowtie, gold cummerbund and dark blue trousers or overalls. All buttons and insignia on the white jacket were of gilt metal.

Junior officers's mess dress jacket and vest. Note the bullion wire parachutist qualification badge and the miniature medals.

Details of the gold tracing braid on the Field Officer's mess dress jacket. Rank insignia was normally bullion wire, but some jackets will be seen with miniature metal rank. Either bullion or gilt metal collar badges were worn. Bullion collar badges are rarely seen, they are usually found only on Field Officer's jackets.

Cuff details showing the difference between Field Officer and Junior Officer cuffs.

Quarter Wellington or "Chelsea" boots with box spurs.

Major J. Quirk, Canadian Provost Corps and an unidentified Royal Australian Army Provost Corps Major, in tropical mess dress, mid 1950s.


The high quality Mess Dress hat with bullion cap badge worn by Major Quirk in the above picture.


The white mess dress jacket was worn with a soft shirt, stiff collar and black bowtie. According to 1953 Army dress instructions, a wing collar was to be worn, this was later changed to a plain collar as illustrated.


Detail of the shoulder insignia on the white mess dress jacket.

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