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    Wouter
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    Re: Canadian Scottish Insignia

    Post by Wouter on Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:17 am

    Hello Michael, the first title in your post is, in my opinion, Canadian made. I have seen it on several battledresses which belong to veterans who all joined early.

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    Re: Canadian Scottish Insignia

    Post by Bill on Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:13 am

    Hi Wouter, Mike,
    Flocking was a production method that was popular in Canada in the 40's and 50's into the 60's. The flocked titles were not an official issue. NDHQ did pilot a project to investigate the production and issue of that pattern, but they were found to be unsuitable for use. Durability was the big factor. These patches or titles were not able to stand up to the elements and the wear and tear of everday use. As an authoritzation, they were not covered by a separate issue order at NDHQ, but were covered under the RO's allowing active service units to acquire coloured cloth shoulder titles. To date I have not found any evidence for system wide issue, or even a regimental wide issue.
    In reference to the top Canadian Scottish title shown in Mike's image, the stitching appears to be the so called English embroidery. It has the diagonal bias, and the backing material is consistent with other titles that are identified as British.
    A couple of thoughts on the "survivabilty" of titles and the period of issue. The process of issue of kit is part of the understanding. The soldier was issued two BD per scale of issue, and one was usually reserved for best BD, or parade/walking out BD. The other was for training / service. However, over a period of a year or two, or even longer, the soldier would wear out the tunics and would be issued new tunics. At the end of hostilities, the field service tunics were almost universally withdrawn and destroyed, and new BD were issued. These were then kitted out with insignia. After 1943, the officially authorized insignia was printed, and any other embroidered insignia was privately acquired. If the soldier had acquired a set (or a couple of sets) of embroidered titles he could apply these to his tunic. But the tunics we see today are almost all the "coming home" tunic the soldier wore. If the soldier didn't like the printed titles, he could purchase embroidered patterns. If the RSM didn't disagree, (and at the end of the war the RSM still had a lot of say over dress, even though the rules appear to have been relaxed)that was what the soldier would wear on his tunic.
    There were perennial shortages of titles, especially in the reinforcement system. If a soldier was wounded and taken out of front line service, after recovery he was put in the reinforcement / training battalions. Insignia policy established by CMHQ allowed him to wear the insignia of his parent unit. However, that was not always available in the stores at the reinforcement battalion. There was a ready market for privately produced titles. Additionally, printed titles were not popular with the troops. They were seen as the cheap issue, and many soldiers took the opportunity to purchase embroidered titles for their tunics.

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    Re: Canadian Scottish Insignia

    Post by Wouter on Sun Jan 09, 2011 6:37 am

    Since I haven't posted on here in a while now, I thought I'd show a few things C Scot R that I picked up when I went over to Canada in June for the reunion.

    First up is a set of 16th Battailon, high quality bronze collar badges for an officer. Apparently, these were made by a jeweler.



    I also picked up a WWII officers collar badge, which belonged to the CO, Larry Henderson. In this picture you can quite clearly see the difference, as the WWII badge, which is on top, is slightly smaller.



    I also got this 16th cap badge:



    And finally, I brought with me my copy of Ready for the Fray, to get as much autographs in it as possible. I should've brought it out last year but I forgot. Figured I had to take it this year, as they are still with us now, and who knows who will be there next year?



    Thanks for reading!

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    Re: Canadian Scottish Insignia

    Post by Michael Reintjes on Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:54 am

    Great stuff...wonderful badges and love the autograph collection,great foresight on your part...

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    Re: Canadian Scottish Insignia

    Post by Wouter on Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:15 am

    Just the other day I was able to add another Can Scot slip-on, making it a pair:






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    Re: Canadian Scottish Insignia

    Post by Wouter on Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:14 am

    Recently I've been able to add some other badges... now the C Scot R cloth shoulder badges 'collection' looks like this;


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    Re: Canadian Scottish Insignia

    Post by Canuck13 on Fri Jul 22, 2011 10:42 am

    Wouter,

    It's nice to see all the different variety's of C Scot R cloth shoulder flashes together like that. Great collection! I think I recognize three of your new ones Wink

    Cheers,
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    Re: Canadian Scottish Insignia

    Post by Fred McQueen on Sun Oct 30, 2011 4:44 pm

    Woh!
    Really nice Wouter.
    I'll post my Can Scot stuff and the Cap badge I found on the earth of Putot en Bessin in Normandy where the Can Scot fought from 8th June to 17 June 1944.

    Please see the pic below taken in Putot en Bessin. What does the Corporal on the right side wear on his belt?



    D Company Canadian Scottish in Putot en Bessin.




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    Re: Canadian Scottish Insignia

    Post by Wouter on Wed Mar 12, 2014 4:42 am

    Still anxious to see the cap badge you found, especially since I am now working on my thesis, using interviews I did with veterans from the Canadian Scottish. Right now, I am researching and writing about Putot.

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    Re: Canadian Scottish Insignia

    Post by Wouter on Mon Mar 17, 2014 5:23 am

    Got this one a while ago. Strongly suspect it to be tailor made.




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    Re: Canadian Scottish Insignia

    Post by Wouter on Fri Mar 06, 2015 10:10 am





    Has anybody seen these variations before? They are not the ones you usually encounter, so I suspect some or maybe all of them may be tailor made.

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    Re: Canadian Scottish Insignia

    Post by Bill on Sat Mar 07, 2015 9:03 am

    Hi Wouter, The images could be clearer. I can't see the details on the top title. There are many different variations of the title and it is difficult to attribute the titles to particular makers.
    Are the acorns brown or green?

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    Re: Canadian Scottish Insignia

    Post by Bill on Sat Mar 07, 2015 9:10 am

    Just a further observation. The construction, from what I can see appears to be machine embroidered.

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    Re: Canadian Scottish Insignia

    Post by 48th on Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:07 pm

    I agree with Bill, the pictures are very dark and not clear.
    I did look over my collection of WWII Canadian Scottish titles and it looks like I have the top title in your picture but not sure.

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