The Canadian Provost Corps
1939 - 1946

No. 1 Provost Company (RCMP)

Souvenirs, Artifacts And Ephemera

Souvenirs often included locally acquired items such as local currency, enemy badges or insignia, maps and tourist guides. Properly speaking, ephemera is any written or printed matter not meant to be retained or preserved. For collection purposes examples of ephemera may include such items as matchbook covers, identity documents, passes, theater or rail tickets, postcards and letters, and paper currency or script.

Identity Bracelet

Wartime identity bracelet worn by C42007 LCpl Robin Peter Harrison No. 1 Provost Coy (RCMP)

Identity bracelets were commonly purchased by soldiers from jewelers or local craftsmen in theater and were also a popular gift from loved ones to servicemen. Materials ranged from sterling silver to gold or nickle plated brass or copper. Some were very elaborate with miniature gold and enameled badges, while others were relatively plain with simple engraving.

Robin Peter Harrison was born in Minnedosa Manitoba on 30 May 1916. He Joined the RCMP in 1935 and was engaged as a Sub Constable with the Regimental Number of 12538. He was one of the original volunteers for No. 1 Provost Company (RCMP) and was appointed a Lance Corporal with Army Service Number C42077. As of March 1944 he had been commissioned as a Lieutenant and was Second in Command of No. 3 Provost Company.

Discharged from the Army on 6 March 1946 he rejoined the RCMP and retired as a Superintendent on 27 July 1970. He passed away 16 April 2001.

Christmas Cards

A card produced by No.1 Provost Company for Christmas 1940.

The Senior Non Commissioned Officers at home in Ottawa sent Christmas cards to members serving across Canada and overseas.

Lady's Compact

A typical gift for a soldier's wife or lady friend might be a compact or powder case. This artifact is representative of a typical compact of the 1930s and 40s and is nickle plated with a miniature silver and enameled RCMP badge fixed to the top of the case. Artifacts such as these were not issued or provided by the Force, but are commonly known as "canteen items".

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