1st Canadian Tank Bn CEF cap badge and collars
Two Canadian tank Battalions went overseas in World War 1. The 1st Canadian Tank Battalion arrived in England in June, 1918, with a strength of 92 officers and 716 other ranks, but they never saw combat in WW1. It was recruited from Canadian universities and a considerable number of both officers and men possessed mechanical qualifications. They were still training when the war ended.
3rd MG Coy 1st Canadian Division Officer bimetal Cap Badge
The Coy was a 1st Division asset and was used to shore up the line in defense and add indirect MG fire to an attack. The standard Company strength is roughly 120 men and only about 5 officers at best. The number of Officers that rotated through the unit was probably very small, depending on casualties and there would be few of these badges in circulation.
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The Yukon Infantry Company CEF Cap Badge
The Yukon Infantry Company, raised by Commissioner of the Yukon George Black, was recruited in the Yukon Territory, Canada in 1916. The Yukon Infantry Company was unique in another way. The officers and enlisted men were from more parts of the world than those in any other CEF unit. Almost all Commonwealth countries were represented, as well as countries in eastern Europe, Scandinavian countri... read more
School of Musketry CEF
A hard to find badge, and an important service unit supporting the training of troops for overseas service. These instructor cadre would be located at Training Camps in Canada and England, Valcartier and Aldershot.
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Canadian Dental Corps CEF Cap Badge
he Canadian Army Dental Corps was an element of the C.A.M.C. designated ‘The Dental Services of the Canadian Army Medical Corps’. Dental surgeons were an integral part of the CAMC units of the 1st Contingent when this proceeded to England in October 1914 and on to France in 1915. On March 29th 1915 the Canadian Army Dental Corps was organized to care for all matters affecting soldiers dental hy... read more
238th Bn CEF
The 238th Battalion, CEF was a unit in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. Based in Ottawa, Ontario, the unit began recruiting in the Spring of 1916 throughout Ontario and the Western provinces. After sailing to England in September 1916, the battalion became the 14th Company, Canadian Forestry Corps, hence the badge imagery.
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199th Bn CEF Cap Badge
The battalion was founded by the Canadian armed forces to improve their recruitment success by having an all Irish regiment. They were also called the "Duchess of Connaught's Own Irish Rangers", as a tribute to Princess Louise Margaret, the Duchess of Connaught and Strathearn, who funded the battalion. Based in Montreal, Quebec, the unit began recruiting during the winter of 1915/16 in that cit... read more
Railway Security Guards badge
The Guard provided policing and security during the trips and at staging camps along the route and at Petawawa Ontario. The Railway Service Guard was primarily formed from men either too young or old for service in the CEF, as well as discharged veterans. The Guard was disbanded about 1917 and most of the men were absorbed by the Special Service Companies.
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236th Bn CEF Tam Badge
he 236th (The New Brunswick Kilties) Battalion, CEF was a unit in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. Based in Fredericton, New Brunswick and Camp Valcartier, the unit began recruiting in the Spring of 1916 throughout Canada and the New England region in the United States of America. After sailing to England in November 1917, the battalion was absorbed into the 20th Res... read more
General Service CEF cap badge and collars
The CEF was raised in 1914 and its first insignia was this simple Type A set of collars and badge. This remained so well into 1916, when units started to manufacture their own unique badges in Canada and in the UK. This badge remained in service to the end of the war and another version would carry on into the next war. It was the first issue badges to recruits as well. Some units, like the... read more