Canadian Army Military Police
1914 - 1920

Decorations and Medals


  Medals for service during the First World War were awarded to all Canadian soldiers. Stars were awarded for service in 1914 or 1914 and 1915. Both the Allied Victory Medal and the British War Medal were awarded to most Canadian participants. These medals bear the soldier's Service Number, Rank, Name and Unit. The marks are on the reverse of the Stars and on the rim of the Victory and War Medals.

Awards To Canadian Military Police


As Canadian Military Police were usually transfered from their original units to the Military Police Corps, the medals are marked with the original Unit of the recipient. In order to determine if a medal group was awarded to a Military Policeman, service records must be consulted. A few examples are illustrated below.

10879 Corporal (Acting Sergeant) Frank BLAND

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Frank Bland was born in 1884 and joined the 4th Infantry Battalion CEF on the 23rd of September 1914 at Valcartier Quebec. He was at the battle of Ypres 1915, and numerous other battles through 1918. He was wounded in combat and was awarded a wound stripe. He transfered to the Canadian Military Police in early 1918 and ended the war as an Acting Sergeant. He was discharged on the 18th of November 1919, with the permanent rank of Corporal, having served 5 years and 54 days.

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Discharge certificate.

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Cpl. Bland (center) at a Canadian Convalescent Hospital in England. Note the soldier in the rear wearing a souvenir.


20431 Corporal Harry HOLE

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Private Harry Hole joined the 10th Canadian Infantry Battalion and was wounded by shrapnel on 4 June 1916. Upon recovery he was transferred to the Canadian Military Police and subsequently joined the Canadian Forestry Corps.


Colonel Gilbert GODSON-GODSON DSO DCM


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Representative set of medals awarded to Colonel Gilbert Godson-Godson, first Provost Marshal of the Canadian Army reflecting his service in the Anglo Boer War, Natal and the First World War. Left to right: The Distinguished Service Order (awarded 23 June 1915); the Distinguished Conduct Medal; Queen's South Africa Medal; King's South Africa Medal; Natal 1906 Medal; 1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Allied Victory Medal with oak leaf indicating a Mentioned In Despatches award; Officier de Mérite Agricole (France, one of four awards of this order to a Canadian officer.)


Miniature Medals


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Commissioned Officers could privately purchase miniature medals to wear with Mess Dress or civilian evening dress. These medals were made by jewelers and were unnamed. Left to right: Military Cross for gallantry; 1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Allied Victory Medal.


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