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.
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.