The Canadian Provost Corps
1946 - 1968

Badges And Insignia

The cap badges, collar badges and shoulder titles worn by Provost officers and Other Ranks until the early 1950s were identical to those worn during the Second World War. In 1953, with the succession of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne, the design of the Royal Crown on cap and collar badges was changed from the Tudor (King's) Crown to the Saint Edward (Queen's) Crown. It would be several years before the new patterns were adopted, new and old patterns of insignia were worn concurrently.
With the adoption of Mess Dress, Patrol Dress, Summer Service and Combat Dress, new insignia for these uniforms appeared. These patterns of badges were worn well past Unification and were still commonly seen in wear in the early 1970s.

Cap Badges

Officer's Cap Badges

Special patterns of gilt, bronze, wire embroidered and plated cap badges were worn by officers up to and including the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. As well, officers commonly wore the Other Rank's pattern cap badges in the field and there is at least one known example of an Other Rank's collar badge worn as a cap badge by an officer on a green beret.

The Provost Marshal of the Canadian army usually ranked as a Colonel and wore the appropriate cap and collar badges of that rank.

The Colonel and Brigadier's wire embroidered cap badge.

Front and back views of a blackened bronze cap badge. Adopted in the early 1950s, this cap badge and matching collar badges were not popular and were quickly withdrawn from use.

Front and back views of a gilt officer's pattern cap badge. The lion and crown Royal Crest is considerably wider than that on the Other Rank's pattern of cap badge.

Front and back views of a chrome finish cap badge. Known to be worn with Mess Dress and possibly by the Provost Band. Provenance unknown, but likely of early 1960s vintage.

Example of a brass collar badge worn as a beret badge on the green beret by Captain (later Major) M.A.S. Pittman late 1960s.

Queen's Crown Bullion
Mess Dress Cap Badge

Other Rank's Cap Badge

Front and back views of a brass Other Rank's cap badge. Slider back, this is the most common pattern of Other Rank's cap badge

Collar Badges

Colonel's Patrol Dress, Battledress and Service Dress
Collar Badges

Colonel's Mess Dress
Collar Badges

Blackened Collar Badges

Bronze Officer's Collar Badges

Nickel or Monel Metal Officer's collar badges.

Officer's Mess Dress Collar Badges.
Also worn on the Blue Patrol Uniform.

Brass Other Rank's Collar Badges

Cloth Shoulder Titles

  A new pattern of cloth shoulder title appeared in service about 1950. Similar in size and colour to the wartime titles, the post war pattern is distinctive in that the embroidered letters are taller and lack serifs. The top title in the illustration below is the postwar pattern, with a 1940's period title below for comparison.


Cloth Combat Insignia

Upon the adoption of the Combat uniform in the mid 1960s, a combat cap badge was approved and C Pro C combat titles were issued. Shoulder titles were worn on cloth slip ons on the epaulettes of the combat shirt and jacket. There were several minor variants of these titles, and one pattern was produced in error with the Corps designation misspelled.

Combat Cap Badge

Combat Shoulder Titles

Spelling Error

Metal Shoulder Titles

  Brass C PRO C shoulder titles were first introduced in the early 1950s for wear by all ranks. Subsequently, silver and gilt titles were authorized for officers. Metal titles were worn on the serge Service Dress, Tropical Worsted, Blue Patrols and Mess Dress. They were not worn on Battledress or the Combat or Bush Dress field uniforms.



Trades Badges

Badges for Army Tradesmen were authorized during the Second World War. These were worn by all ranks below Warrant Officer. A "universal" postwar pattern of these badges came into wear in the late 1940s. These were worn on the left sleeve by qualified tradesmen until new patterns were adopted in 1958.

Trade Group1

Trade Group2

Trade Group3

Trade Group4

  In 1958, new patterns of trades badges were approved for all Army trades. The insignia chosen for trades within the Canadian Provost Corps was crossed flintlock pistols, a design originating with the American MPs. Although 4 "trade groups" or levels were authorized, badges for only the first 3 were produced. Trade group 4 had so few qualified members that the badge was not manufactured. Qualified soldiers altered a group 2 badge by sewing a crown above it. These badges were worn only on Battledress and the Tropical Worsted (TW) uniforms.

Trade Group 1

Trade Group 2

Trade Group 3

Trade Group 4

  The Disciplinarian trade had it's own pattern of trades badge depicting a rampant lion. Disciplinarians were carefully chosen Service Police Senior NCOs or Warrant Officers who were the training staff in dentention barracks.

Trade Group 1

Trade Group 2

Trade Group 3

Militia Service Badges

Canadian Army Order 84-28 authorized the wearing of Service Badges by all ranks of the Canadian Army (Militia). These badges consisted of chevrons, each indicating two years service (to a maximum of 5 chevrons); and a maple leaf worn above the 5 chevrons, indicating between 10 and 12 years service. Subsequent service was indicated by the award of the CD Medal. The chevrons were worn on the lower right sleeve of the patrol dress, service dress, summer service dress and battledress.
They were worn centered, with the lower point 6 1/2 inches above the bottom of the sleeve when no other badge was worn in the forearm, or 1/2 inch below any other badge in that position (such as Warrant Officer's rank badges).
The badges were embroidered in French Grey on a backing the colour of the garment on which they were worn.


Maple Leaf

Identification Badges

In the early 1950s the Montreal Provost Detachment of the Quebec Command Provost Company had a small run of badges made available for private purchase. There are three known patterns, with several versions of each pattern, all made in the style of badges then in use by Quebec police departments. There was a cap style badge; a large breast style badge; and a small wallet size badge. The wallet badge was carried in the member's wallet and was used while wearing plain clothes. These badges are known to have been made by the Montreal firms of Lamond and Sons and Scully Ltd.

A sample wallet badge provided by Scully Ltd for pattern approval and a Scully made Lieutenant's wallet badge. Note that on the issue badge, the rank appears on a separate plaque soldered to the badge, rather than the stamped number or rank as in the sample.

One of two known patterns of cap style badge made by Lamond and Sons. It is unlikely that this pattern of badge would have been authorized for wear as a cap badge and may have served as a wallet type or a trial pattern.


About 1949, Corps buttons were authorized and produced in 3 sizes. Kings Crown buttons were worn into the mid 1950s, when they were replaced by the Queens Crown version. Buttons were produced with brass, gilt or anodized finishes.


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