Canadian Army Military Police
1914 - 1920

Other Ranks Uniforms - Overseas

SERGEANT

This Sergeant's jacket is a Canadian manufactured, 5 button jacket of British design. This is the most common pattern used overseas by the Canadian Expeditionary Force. The jacket has a stand and fall collar, secured by hooks and eyes. Cloth reinforcements on the shoulders are clearly visible, these are commonly known as "rifle pads" but were intended to protect the uniform from excessive wear by web equipment braces. Breast pockets are pleated, with straight edged flaps.
The collar badges are miniatures of the Canadian Military Police cap badge, brass CANADA titles are worn on the epaulettes. Buttons are the Canadian General Service pattern. A whistle is carried in the left breast pocket, attached to a lanyard on the left shoulder. A single brass wound stripe is worn on the left cuff.
The belt equipment is typicaly Canadian, comprising a Pattern 1916 waistbelt, commercially acquired holster for the Model 1911 Colt .45 pistol, and a magazine pouch. The cross brace is similar to that of the Officer's pattern Sam Browne belt. Note that overseas, rank insignia is worn on both arms.


DETAIL
Artifact courtesy of Colin Schlachta

Collar detail showing the method of wear for the CMPC collar badge.

DRESSING
Artifact courtesy of Colin Schlachta

Two small field dressings in a cloth wrapping were carried in a small pocket inside the jacket on the bottom right flap.


OVERSEAS

Sergeant John Roy McBride and his brother, Private Gus McBride, in France circa 1917. Both are wearing standard 5 button tunics. Cap and collar insignia appear to be either the standard Maple Leaf patterns or those of the 21st Battalion CEF, the unit in which they originally attested. Sergeant McBride is wearing a Staff Sergeant's Pattern waistbelt and brace with a Canadian pattern holster for the M1911 Colt .45 calibre pistol. Private McBride is wearing an Oliver Pattern waisbelt with what appears to be a modified open top Webley revolver holster for his M1911 Colt pistol. Faded red and black British pattern MP brassards are worn.
As they are on mounted duty, they are wearing breeches and ankle boots with long puttees. The spurs are swan necked other rank's pattern jack spurs.
Sergeant John Roy McBride of Millbrook Ontario was killed in action on the 11th of October 1918 at the age of 22 years.


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