Upon formation of the Provost Corps, a new badge was approved, based on the Royal Crest. It was intended to be a distinctly Canadian badge, to avoid confusion with the British Corps of Military Police. A worsted slip on shoulder title was designed, with "PROVOST" embroidered in buff or black letters. "CANADA" titles were worn by any Canadian troops that were not wearing battledress shoulder titles that distinctly identified the soldier as Canadian.In 1941, a new colored battledress shoulder title was introduced. Initially embroidered, an economy pattern was produced from late 1942, this was silk screen printed on a canvas-like material. Both patterns were worn concurrently.
Collar badges were approved for wear by Officers and Warrant Officers Class 1 on the Service Dress. The official pattern was an exact miniature of the cap badge, facing to the right. A number of pairs of right and left facing collar badges were privately produced, attributed to Officers of No 2 Provost Company. These collar badges are cast in bronze, some in gilted bronze. Although it has been erroneously claimed that these are all of post war manufacture, wartime photographic evidence show these in wear.
A few collar badges were acquired and worn by Other Ranks.
Front and back views of a Scully made officer's cap badge. The original lugs have been removed and replaced by an improvised slider.
Front and back views of a Scully made bronze officer's cap badge with screw post fasteners.
Front and back views of a Scully made heavy cast gilt officer's cap badge. The Scully hallmark is clearly visible in it's usual place on the lion's body.
Front and back views of a JR Gaunt (British) made cast bronze officer's cap badge. Purchased by Major Len Fourney, circa 1942.
Gilt officer's collar badges with lug type fasteners.
Gilt officer's collar badges with screw post fasteners.
Cast bronze left and right officer's collar badges. Purchased by Major Len Fourney in 1942. Similar left and right collar badges were also made in gilt. North and south oriented lugs on reverse.
Cast gilt bronze left and right officer's collar badges. Cast from the same mold as the above collars. East and west oriented lugs on the reverse.
Standard bronze officer's collar badges made by Scully.
Front and back view of a brass other rank's cap badge attributed to Ludlow & Co. London England.
Front and back view of a brass other rank's cap badge attributed to JR Gaunt, England.
Front and back views of a Birks made brass other ranks cap badge. The Birks hallmark is located in the centre of the lion's body.
Front and back views of a Scully made brass other ranks cap badge.
Brass other ranks collar badges made by Scully, Montreal. No Provost collar insignia of other rank's pattern are known to have been manufactured in England during the Second World War.
Effective 1 November, 1940, General Order 262 of 1940 authorised cap and collar badges for Officers and Other Ranks of the Canadian Provost Corps. The dimension of the cap badge was specfied to be: height 2 inches, width 1 3/4 inches. In gilt for Officers and brass for Other Ranks. Brass cap badges were produced in two distinct patterns. A flat pattern was manufactured in Canada by the firm of Scully, Montreal. The concave version is believed to have been produced by Ludlow & Co. Ltd of London, as well as by Gaunt & Sons and other companies including Birks.
Collar badges were specified to be the same pattern as the cap badge, but only 1 1/2 inches high by 1 5/16 inches wide. Gilt collar badges are known to have been made by Gaunt & Sons and Scully. Left and right facing collar badges were not approved, likely as an economy measure. As previously stated, a small number of pairs of right and left facing collar badges were privately purchased, these were made in bronze with varying finishes.
Worsted slip-on shoulder titles with "PROVOST" embroidered in buff or black letters were approved in early 1940 and were worn in Canada and overseas until March 1941. The worsted titles were replaced by red and black coloured titles, however many Provost units in Canada continued to wear the worsted titles until late in the war. Worsted titles were manufactured in both Canada and England.
Front and back views of a worsted slip on title of Canadian manufacture. The two cloth loops on the back are the primary identifying feature of Canadian production.
Front and back views of a Canadian manufactured title with the Provost Company designation sewn on.
Coloured shoulder titles were adopted by the Canadian Provost Corps in early 1941 and Provost units in England were the first to wear them. Lewis Falk Ltd. in England was a major supplier of coloured shoulder titles, supplying 3300 pairs in early June of 1941. A further 1900 pairs were ordered later that month. The order supplied by Lewis Falk was:
Pattern No. 136,441/136,392. Unit Titles @ 2/1d per dozen. Embroidered CANADIAN PROVOST CORPS on Black Melton Cloth in 2/50 Admiralty Red Mercerised Cotton. 3,800 singles.
There are at least major 4 pattern variations of embroidered titles known to exist, and two variations of the printed version. One early version, known as the "chain stitch" is uncommon, and no photographs of it in wear have as yet been seen.