Canadian Army Medical Corps WW1 uniform

In some earlier post I touched the subject of uniform for Nursing Sister. It was time to make a post on the uniform of their male counterpart. Here are some pictures of some Canadian Army Medical Corps members during WW1 showing their uniform

Below is a picture of a Private in the Canadian Army Medical Corps. Note the small patch with the Red Cross on the upper section of the left sleeve of his tunic. There was also a Red Cross patch on the right sleeve. They was sewn on the sleeves in order to give them the protection of the Geneva Convention when attending the wounded soldiers during a battle.

He is also wearing the “puttees” which are strip of cloth like a bandage, for a covering for the lower part of the leg from the ankle to the knee, consisting of a long narrow piece of cloth wound tightly and spirally round the leg. They serve both as a support and protection.

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Sometime you find picture of men who do have only one Red Cross patch (picture below) on the right sleeve. I was never able to find the official reason for that fact but I think that early in the war they only one of those patch and thought that the German would see it easily. Unfortunatly they discovered that it was so obvious to see for the German when the soldiers was treating the wounded soldier on the battlefield. They probably decided then to add the second Red Cross patch on the uniform later during the war.

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This picture below shows a Canadian Army Medical Corps member with the winter trench coat, the Red Cross patch is on the lower part of the right sleeve . There should be another Red Cross patch like that one on the left sleeve of the coat also.

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The picture below shows officer of the Canadian Army Medical Corps officer. Theys wore the leather booths instead of the “puttees” worn by the men and non-commission officer. You also notice they wore the Sam Brown belt, it’s a strap going diagonally over the right shoulder attach to a waist belt.

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The picture below is of Sergeants and Warrant Officers of the 15th Canadian Field Ambulance – Canadian Army Medical Corps. (click on the image to have a larger version of the image)

Men no. 1 and man no. 3 have their Red Cross patch at the bottom of their sleeve

Men no. 2, although members of a medical unit they did not have the Red Cross patch on their tunic. One was with the Dental Corps and the other with the Canadian Army Service Corps which was in charge of the transport section of the medical unit. According to the Geneva Convention only medical personal was allowed to wear the Red Cross on their uniform.

Men no. 1 and no. 5 are Warrant-Officers and wear the Sam Brown belt. Warrant-Officer like Officer wore the Sam Brown belt. Man no. 4 is an officer, he is the only with a tunic with a V opening at the neck. The tunic of the enlisted men and Non-Commission Officer had the mandarin collar instead.

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The picture below of Sergeants in the Canadian Army Medical Corps (unit unknow). They all wear the leather belt at the waist, the “puttees” and had a mandarin collar tunic.

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The picture below shows of some members of the 18th Canadian Field Ambulance taken during an exercise in the field near Vancouver in 1912-13. Notice the difference in the uniform the white cap for officer, blue serge uniform and no puttees. The Red Cross on the sleeve was there but only for Non-Commissioned Officer.

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18th field

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