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Hat badges & collar badges

The hat badge is one of the distinctive pieces of a uniform and one of the oldest. The three badges below are the cadet hat badges, cadets also wear their regimental affiliated badges as well. Some corps also have worn and continue to wear distinct badges. 

The Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps Hat Badges

1943 pattern Royal Canadian Army Cadets hat badge original design, William Scully Ltd. Montreal.

1943 pattern Royal Canadian Army Cadets hat badge original design, detail, William Scully Ltd. Montreal.

 1943 pattern Royal Canadian Army Cadets hat badge, plastic. With war time rationing reducing the supply of metal, plastic was used briefly for the new cadet hat badge.

 1943 pattern Royal Canadian Army Cadets 

hat badge, brass. 

Later in the war and post-war, brass was once again available for hat badges.

 

1954 pattern Royal Canadian Army Cadets 

hat badge, brass.

 

Royal Canadian Army Cadets 

Hat badge, cloth, field

ca.1998

 

2009 pattern Royal Canadian Army Cadets 

hat badge, cloth.

 

 

note: There are no known RCAC collar badges


Unique Corps Hat, Collar & Shoulder Badges

not necessarily to scale

shoulder title, brass

ca.pre-1914

shoulder title, brass

ca.pre-1914

possible shoulder title, brass. Unique, requires more reseach

ca.pre-1950s

#3 possible Hat badge, 

either Ailsa Craig Public School, Ailsa Craig, ON

 or Corps de Cadets College Bourget, Rigaud, QC

ca.1910-1920

 #4 Highland Cadet Battalion (of Montreal), Montreal, QC

hat badge, brass

ca. 1900

 #4 Highland Cadet Battalion (of Montreal), Montreal, QC

hat badge, brass, variation with red cloth backing

ca. 1900

 

 #4 Highland Cadet Battalion (of Montreal), Montreal, QC

hat badge, brass, variation with possible school tartan and voided lion

ca. 1900

 

 #4 Highland Cadet Battalion (of Montreal), Montreal, QC

hat badge, white metal, variation possible officers badge

ca. 1900

 

#4 Highland Cadet Battalion (of Montreal), Montreal, QC

Hat Badge and two types of collars. 

It appears that over the many years of its existence, #4 Cadet Corps had variations in size and style of the collars. The badges shown together for comparison.

(LCdr Neil Martin coll.)

#4 Highland Cadet Battalion (of Montreal), Montreal, QC

shoulder title brass, 

ca. WWI

 

#7 St.Thomas Cadet Corps, St.Thomas, On

hat badge,

ca.1900s

 

 #17 Upper Canada College Rifles Cadet Corps, Toronto, On

hat badge, possibly first pattern (line drawing, Mazeas)

ca.1890s

 

 #17 Upper Canada College Rifles Cadet Corps, Toronto, On

hat badge, brass

ca.1930s

One of the many variations of hat badges produced by this illustrious private school cadet corps in it's 102 year history. 

 #17 Upper Canada College Rifles Cadet Corps, Toronto, On

collar badges, white metal and brass, variations

ca.1950s

#21 Galt Collegiate Institute, Cambridge, ON

hat badge, white metal

ca.1940s

Corps is still active today and now wearing the hat badge of Highland Fusiliers of Canada

#21 Galt Collegiate Institute, Cambridge, ON

hat badge, white metal, variation with cloth back

ca.1940s

Corps is still active today and now wearing the hat badge of Highland Fusiliers of Canada

 

#22 Corps de Cadets Le College Commercial, St-Cesaire, QC

collar badges, brass

ca. 1910-20

#25 Church Lads Brigade Cadet Corps, Montreal, QC & Saskatoon, SK

hat badge, brass

ca. 1916

#29 Lower Canada College Cadet Corps, Montreal, QC

hat badge (line drawing, Mazeas)

ca. 1895

#30 Mount St. Louis Cadet Regiment, Montreal, QC

hat badge, brass

ca. 1905-10

#35 Halifax County Academy Battalion Cadet Corps

Hat badge, white metal

ca.1920

#35 Halifax County Academy Battalion Cadet Corps

Collar badge, white metal

ca.1920

#35 Halifax County Academy Battalion Cadet Corps

Shoulder badge, white metal

ca.1920

(LCdr Neil Martin coll.)

#46 Brantford Collegiate Institute Cadet Corps, 

hat badge (Neil Martin coll.)

ca. 1900

#48 Toronto Collegiate Institute Cadet Bde, Toronto, ON

hat badge, white metal, with red cloth, variation Rotary YTC (Youth Training Corps)

ca.1944

#48 Toronto Collegiate Institute Cadet Bde, Toronto, ON

hat badge, white metal, variation TRH (Toronto Rotary Highlanders)

ca.1945

#55 Toronto Public Schools Cadet Battalion, Toronto, ON

Hat badge, brass

ca.1910

#55 Toronto Public Schools Cadet Battalion, Toronto, ON

Hat badge, brass

ca.1920

 

#55 Toronto Public Schools Cadet Battalion, Toronto, ON

shoulder title, brass

ca.1920

 

#68 St Catherines Collegiate Institute Cadet Corps Niagara Falls, St Catherines ON

cloth, unknown colour and material

ca.1943

see CC68 for further photos

#72 Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Cadet Corps, Vancouver, BC

Hat badge, white metal

ca.1915

#72 Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Cadet Corps, Vancouver, BC

Hat badge, white metal

ca.1913

#101 Vancouver Public Schools Cadet Regiment, Vancouver, BC

Hat badge, brass

ca.1905

#101 Vancouver Public Schools Cadet Regiment, Vancouver, BC

Collar badge, brass

ca.1905

#108 Victoria Collegiate School Cadet Corps, Victoria, BC

Collar badge, white metal

ca.1905

#137 Ashbury College Cadet Corps, Ottawa, ON

Hat badge, brass

ca.1910

 

#137 Ashbury College Cadet Corps, Ottawa, ON

Hat badge, brass

ca.1920s

#142 St. Andrew's College Cadet Corps, Aurora, ON

Hat badge, white metal

ca.1910

#142 St. Andrew's College Cadet Corps, Aurora, ON

Collar badges, brass

ca.1910

#153 Lachine Academy Cadet Corps, Lachine, QC

Hat badge, white metal

ca.1910

#162 Ridley College Cadet Corps, St Catherines, ON

Hat badge, blackened white metal

ca.1910

#162 Ridley College Cadet Corps, St Catherines, ON

Collar badges, brass

ca.1910

#170 University School (C Scot R) Cadet Corps, Victoria, BC

Collar badge, brass

ca.1910

#189 Red Deer Cadet Company, Red Deer, AB

Hat badge, brass and white metal

ca.1908

#200 St. George Cadet Corps, Montreal, QC

Hat badge, blackened brass

ca.1915

#200 St. George Cadet Corps, Montreal, QC

Collar badge, brass

ca.1915

#208 St. Patricks Cadet Corps, Montreal, QC

Hat badge, white metal

ca.1915

 

#211 De La Salle Academy Cadet Corps, Ottawa, ON

Hat badge, brass

ca.1915

#211 De La Salle Academy Cadet Corps, Ottawa, ON

collar badge, brass

ca.1915

 

#211 De La Salle Academy Cadet Corps, Ottawa, ON

Hat badge, white metal

ca.1915

 

#211 De La Salle Academy Cadet Corps, Ottawa, ON

collar badge, brass

ca.1910

 

#211 De La Salle Academy Cadet Corps, Ottawa, ON

collar badge, brass

ca.1910

 

#211 De La Salle Academy Cadet Corps, Ottawa, ON

collar badge, brass, larger crown

ca.1910

 

#211 De La Salle Academy Cadet Corps, Ottawa, ON

collar badge, brass, unvoided

ca.1910

 

#211 De La Salle Academy Cadet Corps, Ottawa, ON

shoulder badge, white metal, unvoided

ca.post 1941

 

#211 De La Salle Academy Cadet Corps, Ottawa, ON

shoulder badge, brass

ca.post 1910

 

#211 De La Salle Academy Cadet Corps, Ottawa, ON

shoulder badge, white metal

ca.post 1910

 

#247 Corps de Cadets Academie La Salle, Three Rivers, QC

Hat badge, brass

ca.1910

 

#258 Strathcona's Horse Cadet Squadron Cadet Corps

Hat badge, brass

ca.1910

#269 De La Salle 'Oaklands' Cadet Corps, Toronto, ON

Hat badge, variation blackened brass

ca.1912

#269 De La Salle 'Oaklands' Cadet Corps, Toronto, ON

Hat badge, variation copper

ca.1912

#269 De La Salle 'Oaklands' Cadet Corps, Toronto, ON

Hat badge, variation brass

ca.1912

 

#283 Nova Scotia Agricultural School Cadet Corps, Truro, NS

Hat badge (line drawing, Mazeas)

ca. 1912 

#303 Trenton High School Cadet Corps, Trenton, ON

Hat badge, brass

ca.1920

 

#333 Royal Grenadiers (Affil with 10th Regt) Cadet Corps, Toronto, ON

Hat badge (line drawing, Mazeas)

ca.1916

 

#337 University of Toronto Schools Cadet Corps, Toronto, ON

Hat badge white metal

ca.1913

(Chris Brooker coll.)

#337 University of Toronto Schools Cadet Corps, Toronto, ON

collar badge white metal

ca.1913

(Chris Brooker coll.)

 

#337 University of Toronto Schools Cadet Corps, Toronto, ON

collar badge white metal

ca.1913

(Chris Brooker coll.)

 

#339 Clinton Collegiate Institute Cadet Corps, Clinton, ON

Hat badge (line drawing, Mazeas)

ca.1920

#375 9th Mississauga Horse Cadet Corps, Toronto, ON

Hat badge, brass 

ca. 1915

 

#380 Queen's Own Rifles of Canada Cadet Corps, Toronto, ON

Hat badge, blackened brass with red cloth backing

ca. 1913

#380 Queen's Own Rifles of Canada Cadet Corps, Toronto, ON

Hat badge, blackened brass with red cloth backing, Queen's crown

ca. unknown pre 1900

This queen's crown version of the hat badge creates a challenge as the corps stood up January 4, 1913 clearly during the reign of the king. Two answers can be surmised. First, this is the original badge modeled off of the original Queen's own hat badge, queen's crown and all. Second, it predates 1913, possible but unlikely. In any case, a bit of mystery for now. 

(LCdr Neil Martin coll.)

 

#380 Queen's Own Rifles of Canada Cadet Corps, Toronto, ON

shoulder title, blackened brass

ca. 1913

 

#380 Queen's Own Rifles of Canada Cadet Corps, Toronto, ON

shoulder title, brass

ca. 1920

 

#400 Winnipeg Public School Cadet Corps, Winnipeg, MB

also known as Unified Manitoba Schools

hat badge, brass

ca. 1920

 

#400 Winnipeg Public School Cadet Corps, Winnipeg, MB

also known as Unified Manitoba Schools

collar title, brass

ca. 1920

 

#407 Winnipeg Highland Cadet Battalion, Winnipeg, MB

Hat badge, white metal

ca.1915

#407 Winnipeg Highland Cadet Battalion, Winnipeg, MB

Collar badges, white metal

ca.1915

#407 Winnipeg Highland Cadet Battalion, Winnipeg, MB

Pipers plaid broach pin

Silver plated badge mounted on a silver plated disc with broach pin fastener. Rare

ca.1915

#440 Appleby College Cadet Corps, Oakville, On

Hat badge, white metal

ca.1915

(LCdr Neil Martin coll.)

#512 Cadets Corps Cannington, ON

Hat badge, brass, cast

ca.1918

 

#570 York Rangers Cadet Corps, Toronto, ON

collar badge, brass

ca.1911

(LCdr Neil Martin coll.)

#694 Corps de Cadets Shawinigan, Shawinigan-Sud, QC

Hat badge, brass

ca.1918

#765 Copper Cliff Highlanders Cadet Corps, Copper Cliff, ON

Hat badge, brass, unvoided

ca. 1920s

 

#765 Copper Cliff Highlanders Cadet Corps, Copper Cliff, ON

Hat badge, white metal, unvoided

ca. 1940s

#765 Copper Cliff Highlanders Cadet Corps, Copper Cliff, ON

Hat badge, white metal, anodized aluminum

ca. 1960s

#765 Copper Cliff Highlanders Cadet Corps, Copper Cliff, ON

Hat badge, white metal. variation

ca.unknown possibly 1920s

 

#765 Copper Cliff Highlanders Cadet Corps, Copper Cliff, ON

Hat badge, white metal, voided

ca. 1940s

 

#765 Copper Cliff Highlanders Cadet Corps, Copper Cliff, ON

anodized aluminum glengarry badge 

ca.1970s

#765 Copper Cliff Highlanders Cadet Corps, Copper Cliff, ON

anodized aluminum glengarry badge 

ca.1970s

#1158 Irish Fusiliers (Vancouver Regiment) Cadet Corps, Vancouver, BC

Hat badge, brass with white metal overlay

ca.1925

#1226 Fort Garry Horse

shoulder badge, brass

ca.1920s (courtesy Capt Harold Whiteoak)

#1292 Alberta Military Institute Cadet Corps, Calgary, AB

Hat badge, brass

ca.1929

Corps is now known as 1292 Lord Strathcona Horse (RC) Cadet Corps, the oldest continuous serving cadet corps in Alberta. They now wear their affiliated unit's badge. 

#1292 Alberta Military Institute Cadet Corps, Calgary, AB

collars, brass

ca.1929

#1882 Wellington Rifles Cadet Corps, Guelph, ON

Hat badge, white metal

ca.1970s

#2250 The Muskoka Pioneers Army Cadet Corps, Bracebridge, ON

Hat badge, cloth and wire

ca.1994

#2377 Catholic Cadet Corps, Grand Falls, NF

Hat badge, brass

ca.1950

#2408 CFB Borden Army Cadet Corps, Borden, ON

Hat badge

ca. 1980

#2685 Yukon Regt Cadet Corps, Whitehorse YK

Hat badge

ca. 1970

The Yukon Regt existed ever so briefly in the mid 1960s. the hat badge is believed to have been produced for the cadet corps before the regiment ever received it.

#2812 Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Cadet Corps (Rotary - Omega), White Rock, BC

Hat badge, cloth

ca.1975

There is a rather fascinating story behind the design of the badge that needs to be asked from any member of the corps from the mid 1970s.

 

#2812 Robert Land Academy Army Cadet Corps, Wellandport, ON

Hat badge, brass

ca.1980s

reputed to be hat badge to Saskatchewan Light Horse Cadet Corps

 Hat badge, brass

Branksome Hall Girl Cadets, private school, Toronto, ON

Hat badge, white metal

The private girl's school cadet corps existed as early as the late 1890s.