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Canadian MP/Provost Cap Badges

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    The first Canadian MPs who left for France in the Canadian Expeditionary Force wore the standard Canadian Maple Leaf cap badge.

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    Arriving in theatre, many began wearing the standard British issue GVR Military Police cap badge but in 1916 a Canadian version was introduced, though it was not formally authorised. It was based on the British design but however, had the wreath composed of Maple leaves rather than laurel. These are pretty hard to find.
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    Another badge which appeared around this time, worn in Canada rather than by the CEF, was for 1 M.P. Detachment. Again a very hard badge to find, bearing in mind it was only made in small numbers for a single Detachment.
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    Finally, in 1918, the Corps was renamed as the Canadian Military Police Corps (CMPC) and a new badge formally authorised. In this badge the Royal Cypher in the Centre was omitted and replaced with the initials CMP. A rare and expensive badge, bearing in mind that the CMPC was short lived, being disbanded in 1920.
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    Great badges and thanks for showing them and telling us their history.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Between the wars Canada had only a small number of Garrison and Regimental Police, so when war broke out again, it turne dto the famed Royal Canadian Mounted Police to provide the first tranche of experienced police personnel for its new military police branch. These men formed the elite No 1 Provost Company (RCMP), and wore the standard RCMP cap badge on their beret, with either traditional RCMP blue cloth backing or the red backing of the Provost Branch.
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    In June 1940, the Canadian Provost Corps was formed. Its new badge, unlike those in WW1, was totally different to that worn by their British cousins.
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    And the badge was of course updated for the new Monarch in 195 with the previous Tudor Crown being replaced with the St. Edward Crown for Queen Elizabeth.
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    Following the amalgamation of the armed sertvices into a unified command structure, the Provost were renamed as the Canadian Armed Forces Security And Military Police Branch and a new badge introduced with the traditional "Thunderbird" as its centre piece. Shoulder titles were produced as both MP (Military Police) and PM (Police Militaire) to reflcet the English and French languages used in Canada.
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    Some other pieces of Canadian MP insignia.

    Canadian Provost Corps cloth shoulder title for the Battledress.


    Canadian Provost Corps C PRO C Metal shoulder title

    Canadian made CMP shoulder title

    RCMP Brass Shoulder Title

    CMPC title - this was a Collar Badge, not a Shoulder Title and was worn in conjunction with standard "Canada" shoulder titles.
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