Canadian Army Military Police
1914 - 1920

Officer's Uniforms

Service Dress

Khaki Service Dress was introduced into Canadian service in 1903. Officers purchased most of their uniforms and equipment from tailors, but some items were acquired through the military supply system on repayment. The standard uniform for officers during the First World War was Service Dress. This consisted of a tunic, worn with a Sam Browne belt, and breeches. Officers wore a collar and tie, separating them from the Other Ranks who wore closed collars. Shirts were generally of a cream or light green colour, with separate collars secured by collar buttons. A silk or knitted necktie was usually secured to the collar with a collar pin. Metal insignia, ie: cap badges, collar badges and rank insignia were to be bronze. In Canada, metal rank insignia was worn on the epaulettes, but upon arrival overseas, worsted rank insignia was worn on the cuffs.

Typical officer's Service Dress jacket to a Captain, with rank worn on the cuffs. A single brace Sam Browne belt is worn, when a single brace was worn, it always crossed the right shoulder.

Service Dress jacket illustrating the method of wearing a double brace Sam Browne belt supporting a revolver holster. A Deputy Assistant Provost Marshal brassard is worn on the right sleeve.

Right cuff detail showing embroidered rank badges and service chevrons indicating 3 years service.

Left cuff detail showing rank and embroidered gold wire wound stripe indicating a single wound.

Detail of the shoulder showing gold wire CANADA title.

Late war (1918 dated) officer's serge breeches. Leather reinforcing on the inside of the legs, button and lace closing on the ankles.

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