The Canadian Provost Corps
1946 - 1968


Following the Second World War, Wartime production collarless shirts for Other Ranks were obsolete as all ranks wore open collars and ties with the appropriate uniforms. Officers wore shirts with attached or detachable collars in accordance with personal preference and unit custom. Shirts for all ranks generally conformed to wartime patterns, however Officers could wear custom made or privately acquired shirts. British, American, and Australian manufactured shirts were commonly worn by Canadians in Korea.

Officer Private Purchase

A private purchase Terylene shirt of a Canadian Provost Corps Major. Note the rank insignia worn on detachable slides over the epaulettes. Secured by elastic loops and button onto the epaulette buttons. Terylene is the British/Canadian trade name for a type of polyester fabric known as Dacron in the United States.

Closeup of the rank insignia. Note the gilt metal C PRO C shoulder title.

Canadian Patterns

Typical Canadian wool flannel shirt of mid 1950s manufacture. Primary features are the absence of epaulettes and the buttons and button holes on either side of the collar. These buttons allowed the collar to be buttoned flat in the open position. Also of interest are the buttons on the sleeves. A short length of material was stiched on the inside of the sleeve, which was attached to the button when the sleeves were rolled up. 6 button front.

Closeup view of the collar illustrating the method of buttoning the collar in the open position.

View of the method of buttoning the sleeve in the rolled up position.

Similar to the above shirt, this example is made of a finer wool material and is of immediate post war manufacture. Although it was made in 1946, it was sealed as a manufacturer's sample in 1959. 6 button front.

Closeup view of the manufacturer's tag on the inside of the collar.

Closeup view of the Canadian Army inspector and Government Property stamp on the right front edge of the shirt.

Closeup view of the Sealed Sample tag dated 1959.

Cotton Khaki Drill or Bush Shirt. This pattern of shirt was still on issue well into the 1970s.

Closeup view of the collar buttoned closed. Note the buttons on either side of the collar points.

Closeup view of the collar buttoned in the open position.

Sleeves rolled up and secured by the button and tab.

View of the size, Government Inspection Service, manufacturer and date stamps.

British Patterns

Heavy wool flannel shirt of British manufacture. Similar in general details to Canadian shirts, British shirts were made with attached epaulettes and lacked the collar and sleeve buttons of Canadian shirts. This shirt has a 5 button front.

Closeup of the manufacturer's tag on the inside of the collar and the 1950 date. Note the Broad Arrow property stamp on the tag.

A 6 button front wool shirt of British manufacture. This shirt has a longer shirt-tail than the above example and extra material and reenforcing around the bottom buttons.

Label detail showing the date of manufacture and the Broad Arrow.

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