Accoutrements & Uniforms

On the following pages are many, but not all of the uniform pieces worn by cadets over the years. This is a work in progress. If you would like to contribute please email us with the details.

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Uniforms

5-button 4-pocket cadet tunic woolen, khaki with brown epplets and cuffs, WWI

cloth forge cap

upper cloth cross belt

leather belt

leather cross belt

gators

boots

101 Cadet Corps, Vancouver

(City of Vancouver Archives, AM1535-: CVA 99-164)

5-button 4-pocket cadet tunic woolen, khaki with brown epplets and cuffs, WWI

cloth forge cap

upper cloth cross belt

leather belt

leather cross belt

gators

boots

101 Cadet Corps, Vancouver

(City of Vancouver Archives, AM1535-: CVA 99-164)

 

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5-button 4-pocket cadet tunic woolen, khaki with brown epplets and cuffs, WWI

cloth forge cap

upper cloth cross belt

leather belt

leather cross belt

gators

boots

101 Cadet Corps, Vancouver

(City of Vancouver Archives, AM1535-: CVA 99-164)

detail

 

A cadet from the LdSH Cadet Corps, Winnipeg, MB ca.1927

(DND) (National League office collection) 

ca.1926-27 Cdt A.G. Gregory C/Sgt G.H. Burke. Uniform: cap scarlet and blue, with plain large Fusilier badge, jacket scarlet badges plain small Fusilier, breeches blue with scarlet stripe, puttee blue for serge, belt plain brown leather (courtesy Al Gregory and Terry Leith)

cadet uniform, unknown cadet corps, ca.1920

Snake Belt, worn over jacket, cadet issue, 1905 to 1930s

Cadet Steve Maradi wearing the 1920s era uniform of #17 Upper Canada College Cadet Corps during the 1979 10tth anniversary and Freedom of the City Parade at Vernon Army Cadet Camp, Aug 4, 1979. Black 4 pocket 7-button tunic with white and light blue UCC shoulder flash and Sgt's rank, with leather belt, black pants, leather boots, black beret and UCC hat badge (Francois Arseneault)

 the new 1942 pattern uniform as issued to a cadet of #94 Lisgar Street Collegiate Institute Cadet Corps

(Yousuf Karsh) (National League office collection)

 the new 1942 pattern uniform as issued to a cadet of #94 Lisgar Street Collegiate Institute Cadet Corps

(Yousuf Karsh) (National League office collection)

 

1942 pattern wedge with cadet hat badge (plastic)

The standard cadet 1942 pattern uniform uniform. The particular cadet was a cadet captain with 6 years in his corps.

Qualified master cadet, 

St.John's standard first aid, 

Signaller 

and Marksman

(Okanagan Military Museum)

 

very interesting use of chevrons. Total of six, 2 sets of three, this can only be to denote six years in cadets. 

 detail

Signals badge 

Marksman badge

detail

the rank appears to be 1/4" red silk. 

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The standard cadet 1942 pattern uniform uniforms being worn with a few variations. 

Banff 1949 (DND) (National League office collection)

KD short, khaki shirts and shorts

Banff 1949 (DND) (National League office collection)

the standard 1942 pattern battle dress, Sam Brown belts, khaki shirts and wool tie.

#323 CC ca.1950 (DND) (National League office collection)

A cadet on the Bisley rifle team wearing a summer field dress uniform ca.1955

Cadet Ralph MacKay in Vernon, 1957. Typical summer uniform, khaki shirt, red beret with King's crown Westminster hat badge, battle dress belt. (Ralph MacKay)

By the early 1950s, the cadets began wearing the new battle dress tunics, almost identical to the regular force and reserve uniforms. Both unidentified cadets are Master Cadet (3 chevrons and gold star) qualified, Marksman and Youth of the Empire. As well their affiliated regimental accoutrements have been replaced with the Royal Canadian Army Cadets shoulder flash and 1st pattern RCAC hat badge.

the difference between the 1942 pattern and 1950 pattern is the length of the tunic being shorter for the 1950 pattern, the waist belt is replaced by a smaller belt at the bottom of the tunic. 

ca.1959 (DND) (National League office collection)

 

 

A great example of 1971 service dress uniform also called "winter worsted". Cadet Captain Howard Scrimgeour with 337 University of Toronto Schools Cadet Corps, St.John Ambulance qualified, Signals qualified as well as Marksman. Forage Cap, RC Artillery buttons, Sam Brown Belt and white lanyard. The corps was affiliated with 29th Field Artillery (SP) regt. The following year the affiliation would change to Queen's York Rangers. 

The corps was affiliated with 29th Field Artillery (SP) regt. The following year the affiliation would change to Queen's York Rangers." - Note, the corps at that time was affiliated with 709 Toronto Comms, and had been since the mid 60's, although it still wore artillery insignia.  29 field had been amalgamated into 7th Field, requiring the corps to change affiliated units.  Hence the RCA collar dogs

(Howard Scrimgeour)

An example of the girls' first uniforms in the mid 1970s, they were issued the 1950s pattern CWAC (Canadian Women Army Corps) tunic and skirts with brown shoes. She is a corporal qualified 2nd year (2 chevrons), marksman, St.John's Emergency. The boys are wearing the 1950 pattern battle dress tunic with kilt, (McKenzie tartan)

Remembrance Day 1974 (Steve Marshall)

 

In the early 1970s, several ideas were discussed with regards to revamping the uniforms of the army, air and sea cadets. Several designs were created.  

Early 1970s prototype (courtesy Capt Harold Whiteoak)

 

 Early 1970s prototype, air, sea and army (courtesy Capt Harold Whiteoak)

 The new Army Cadet Uniform, Jan 1977

with prototype rank insignia 

 

 The new Army Cadet Uniform, Jan 1977 

 

  The new Army Cadet Uniform, Jan 1977

Combats were immediately adapted with cadet accoutrements to avoid any perceived confusion with regular or reserve force 

Cdt/RSM Steve Marshall and Sgt David Marshall at the corps Annual Inspection in 1977. Patrol Blues tunic with kilt, horse hair sporran (Steve Marshall)