COMMONWEALTH WWII UNIFORMS & GROUPS

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#DW5 RCAF Uniform Group, Flight Lieutenant T. Irwin
Original WWII Canadian RCAF tunic and officers visor cap grouping.  This grouping belonged 425 Squadron RCAF Flight Lieutenant T. Irwin, observer on a Wellington Bomber HE-733, shot down April 14 1943, over Stuttgart Germany and taken prisoner of war.  The tunic is named to Irwin inside the pocket, shown in the photos. This information is included with the group on a printed sheet but beyond that we have not done any further research.  The dress tunic features original applied padded Observers Wings, Canada titles, and each cuff has two white and blue stripes for the rank of Flight Lieutenant. The visor cap is in good condition showing similar light wear to the jacket with finely hand embroidered RCAF cap badge.  Nice set with interesting provenance in great condition that would display well. $750 
 
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#DW4 RCN Uniform Group
Original WWII Royal Canadian Navy Lieutenant's uniform group consisting of service dress jacket, senior officers peaked cap, and tie. The service dress jacket is in good condition with original ribbons still applied and Lieutenant's golden rank stripes on each cuff.  The peaked cap is in very good condition lightly worn but without any notable flaws with really finely hand embroidered cap badge. The included tie is a nice bonus as they can be difficult to find on the loose to complete a display.  $350
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#CD143 1st Canadian Division Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Dress and Beret 
Original WWII 1st Canadian Division Royal Canadian Regiment Private’s battle dress blouse and beret. Insignia includes a trade specialist chevron, 1st Canadian Division flashes, Royal Canadian Regiment shoulder titles, a wound stripe, ribbons, 8th Army shoulder flash,  and two year wartime service chevrons.  All of the insignia is guaranteed original wartime machine applied, sunken down exactly how they should be with some loose threads on the sleeve interior.  The battle dress itself is Canadian made, the date is somewhat obscured but based on the button closure of the collar it is most likely 1945 or 1944 which are both commonly encountered years for battle dress badged at the end of hostilities during WWII and the trip home to be re-united with the soldiers families.   This is a textbook ‘coming home’ battle dress for a member of RCR.  Also included is a nice 1944 dated RCR beret with original cap badge in lightly worn condition.  While both the battle dress and beret are untouched pieces, they come from separate sources and I have combined them for this listing.  Nice set from a desirable unit and super tough to find! $950
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#CD144 First Canadian Army RCA Battle Dress
Original WWII Canadian battle dress blouse for a Corporal of the First Canadian Army Royal Canadian Artillery.  Insignia includes Corporal chevrons, First Canadian Army RCA flashes, English made ‘Canada’ titles, Royal Canadian Artillery patches, and 3 year wartime service chevrons.  All of the insignia is guaranteed original wartime machine applied, sunken down exactly how they should be with loose threads on the sleeve interior exactly how it was worn home by the soldier at the end of hostilities.  The battle dress itself is Canadian made, with C broad arrow still visible while other manufacturers markings have faded away.  Based on the collar buttons instead of hooks, it’s most likely this blouse is 1944 production.  This would be a great entry level all original battle dress for any WWII collection.  $285
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#CD133 17RCA Complete Uniform Group
Original WWII 17RCA battle dress grouping including battle dress blouse, beret, and trousers. The soldier has written his regimental number inside the blouse on the pocket, it is ‘B15064’ and we have consulted the information compiled by Clive Law in his book ‘Regimental Numbers of the Canadian Army’ to discover this number was assigned to  41st Lt A/A battery, RCA, telling us where this soldier started.  No more research past this has been done by us and we leave that to the next owner. Insignia consists of hand sewn 17RCA shoulder titles, “Canada” shoulder titles, 5th division flashes, Corporal rank chevrons, and 5 years service bars including service in 1939.  This Corporal earned a lot of medals during the wear and the following ribbons original to the tunic are present; 39-45 Star, Italy Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, Efficiency Medal, and Canada Volunteer Service Medal.  All original wartime machine applied insignia nicely sunken down exactly how it should be.  Condition overall is good but there is the typical few scattered moth bites but nothing serious enough to detract, it displays nicely as a bust or could be a full mannequin.  The soldier has attached suspenders to the trousers and they are still in place exactly as found and never removed.  All uniform items are wartime date, the trousers are April 1945 dated and would be the pair this soldier was issued to wear home at the end of hostilities.  A great untouched group ready to be displayed from an interesting RCA unit and soldier who served a long time and probably saw a lot of action. Nice!  $550
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#CD131 5th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA Battle Dress Grouping
5th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RCA, battle dress grouping including battle dress blouse, beret, and named gun drill manual for the 40-MM A.A. gun.   The named gun drill manual was in the pocket as we received it, it could be the owners name but we have no way to confirm, it was left entirely as found.  All original wartime machine applied insignia nicely sunken down exactly how it should be.  A great group ready to be displayed from an interesting AA unit. Nice!  $450
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#CD127 Canadian Battle Dress Trousers
Original WWII Canadian battle dress trousers.  Excellent condition without modification and nicely marked with manufacturers information and C broad arrow.  1944 dated, size 1 (28-29 waist).  $150
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#CD101 1st Canadian Army Artillery RCEME Battle Dress Blouse
Heavily worn and salty 1st Canadian Army Artillery RCEME (Royal Canadian Electrical Mechanical Engineers) battle dress blouse.  This soldier was likely a weapons technician for the artillery of the 1st Canadian Army. Features English made RCEME shoulder flashes, English made printed 1st Canadian Army artillery flashes, and overseas chevrons and trade chevron.  The period applied badges are nicely sunk down how they should be and slightly soiled and stained from period use. There is scattered small holes from mothing, and some snags in the material.  This tunic came from a clean collection but we gave this tunic the freezer treatment it to be extra cautious and ensure there is no live moths prior to shipping to our customers. The middle button is missing, but you can't really tell when it's done up and could easily be replaced.  One pocket has been removed, possibly the soldier wanted to remove it reduce weight and warmth or he needed the material for something else.  With the pocket removed, the date and manufacturer are not visible but this tunic is consistent with other 1944 manufactured examples.  A good entry level battle dress blouse that is guaranteed original and has probably seen action repairing the 1st Canadian Army's artillery arsenal at the front during WWII.  $175 
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#CD003 Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Battle Dress Blouse with Canvas Titles
Fantastic Seaforth Highlanders of Canada battle dress blouse with canvas titles and division patches.  Original period applied insignia including canvas 'SEAFORTH CANADA' titles and canvas 1st Canadian Division patches. The insignia is machine applied and nicely sunken down exactly how it should be after 70+ years. Other insignia includes overseas bars and ribbons. No name found, in one of the pockets are a couple extra loose ribbons. Perfect mannequin size. Nicely marked with makers information and C broad arrow, date of production is hard to read but most likely 1944. The blouse has had the collar opened up by a tailor and these modifications can be seen in the photos.  There is two slits added to the interior for an unknown reason, perhaps for hiding money(?).  Excellent condition, there is no noticeable moth damage or signs or bad storage, it is really clean and well preserved.  Original 1st Div unit title battle dress are becoming incredibly hard to find on the loose, particularly from a desirable and well known unit. Nice!  $950
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#CD010 3rd Canadian Division Royal Canadian Artillery Captain's Battle Dress Blouse
3rd Canadian Division Royal Canadian Artillery battle dress blouse.  This is the exact type which would have been worn in the Normandy campaign.  Original period applied insignia including canvas 3rd DIV patches.  Div patches and Canada titles are machine applied.  Three overseas bars.  Good mannequin size and nicely marked and dated 1943.  Excellent condition showing just some normal period wear, there is no noticeable moth damage or signs of bad storage.  This is a nice rare tunic and ready for your Canadian Normandy display, original 3rd Div battle dress are becoming incredibly hard to find on the loose so you don't miss your chance as these rarely come for sale.  $750
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#BSB1 Large Grouping to CQMS / Staff Sergeant Walter Hachborn of Home Hardware Fame
A large grouping to CQMS / Staff Sergeant Walter Hachborn of Home Hardware fame. He was born in Conestoga, Ontario on 24 July 1921. In 1939, at the age of 18, Walter enlisted and became a member of the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps in Canada. During the war, Walter's experience in Canada with material supply deemed him too important to be sent overseas to serve on the front lines.  This experience is what would also ultimately allow him to co-found a hardware empire.  The group consists of two wartime (1945) dated battle dress jackets and trousers and a summer khaki drill four pocket service dress. All uniforms have Canadian Voluntary Service Medal ribbons, RCOC shoulder titles, CANADA patches, rank insignia, Trade 2 patch, General Service patch and service stripes. There are also two additional shirts. Group also comes with two RCOC Coloured Field Service Caps and a standard khaki “wedge” cap. There is also an assortment of webbing (37 ptn belt, spats and housewife) and insignia to include a RCOC lanyard and insignia related to the sea cadets. Walter remained in the Army until 1946 when on returning to civie life he began work at Hollinger Hardware in St, Jacobs, Ontario. It will be his experience there that led to his desire to create a hardware empire. In 1999 he was appointed Member of the Order of Canada for “outstanding achievements and service in various fields of human endeavour.” Walter died on 16 December 2016.  Group was purchased direct from the family by consignor.  A very interesting and unique group to a famous Canadian.  $2250 *REDUCED* $2000
One of many tributes to Walter including some interesting photos:
https://www.harrowsmithmag.com/4532/a-tribute-to-walter-hachborn-co-founder-of-home-hardware
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#BS30 Canadian Armoured Officer’s Battle Dress Blouse
Original WWII Canadian armoured officers battle dress blouse of Lieutenant S.F. Snell. Base battle dress blouse is Canadian made in Montreal and dated 1943 with early features including brass neck hook closures. Original period badged with machine sewn Canada shoulder titles and carefully hand sewn armoured Lieutenant pips.  Badges are nicely sunken into place how they should be after 70 years.  Period named on the interior pocket lining by Lt. S.F. Snell in ink.  Blouse at one point had 3 years wartime service chevrons applied to the lower right sleeve which have been removed leaving an outline of where the patch was.  It is common to see battle dress like this with very few badges worn in combat. Would go nicely with the pixie and armoured officers beret we are also offering. $275
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#BS23 Royal Artillery 2nd Lieutenant Airborne Battle Dress Blouse
Royal Artillery Airborne 2nd Lieutenant battle dress blouse.  This blouse comes from an old collection but does not come with any known provenance.  The original wartime insignia includes a pair of canvas printed 'ROYAL ARTILLERY' shoulder titles, and matching pairs of printed Pegasus and straight 'AIRBORNE' sleeve insignia.  The insignia is all original, and show no signs of being previously applied to another uniform.  The 1942 dated blouse was made in Montreal, and has early features including brass neck closure hooks.  Canadian manufactured battle dress was popular with British officers due to the superior quality wool.  This blouse is named on the interior pocket lining 'V.R.W.'.  There is one darned repair to the lower left sleeve.  While the insignia is all original, we are unable to definitively state that it was applied during the war.  There are cases of original battle dress with hand applied insignia such as this, but we prefer to air on the side of caution and sell this battle dress for the sum of parts.  This is a blouse with original and desirable insignia that displays very nicely - if we were certain that the insignia was wartime applied it would be several times more expensive.  Interesting and nice display piece. $800
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#BS12 Royal Canadian Engineers Battle Dress Blouse
Royal Canadian Engineers battle dress blouse.  Original period applied embroidered Royal Canadian Engineers shoulder titles and single Lance Corporal chevrons. Service chevrons applied to the lower right sleeve representing four years of wartime service.  Lanyard original to tunic as found.  The blouse itself is Canadian made and dated 1942.  Good lightly worn condition, missing bottom button on front closer but with the strap done up you can't tell, was probably worn this way. Nice example! $325
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#BS10 RCN Royal Canadian Navy Rain Jacket and Foul Weather Hat "Sou'Wester"
RCN Royal Canadian Navy rain jacket and foul weather hat known as the "Sou'Wester".  The rain jacket is in used condition, with a few replaced buttons but overall complete and good for display having likely seen use on the oceans.  The "Sou'Wester" is in mint/unissued condition.  This is a nice set for a display!  $165 *Reduced* $140
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#BS22 Dispatch Riders Trousers, Excellent Condition
Excellent pair of dispatch riders trousers without flaw. Produced by F.W. Harmer & Co. Ltd. and dated March 1941. Size 10. $175
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#BS24 Canadian 1942 'Plimsolls' 
Nice matching pair of Canadian manufactured 'Plimsolls' canvas shoes. These were the standard issue PT / gym shoes in khaki for the Army. Manufactured by Dominion Rubber Co. Ltd. in 1942 and marked accordingly on the interior sole of the show.  The bottom sole of the shoes are also C broad arrow marked. Perfect matching pair of Plimsoll's that would be very tough to upgrade. No laces present. $125
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#BS15 British / Canadian Army Officers Boots
British / Canadian Army officers boots with buckles. Manufactured by John White in 1945, M Fitt, Size 8.  War department marked. Super nice condition without flaw and only lightly worn.  Shown in use by members of 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion in Germany.  This is the perfect set to complete your officer mannequin or display!  $425

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1st Canadian Division P.P.C.L.I. Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry BD Blouse
Impressive 1st Canadian Division PPCLI Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry battle dress blouse.  Impressive period backed printed insignia!  This is exactly what they wore in combat, and perfect for a mannequin or display.  I believe this is a working battle dress, no signs of ribbons and nice used condition.  Nice blouse from a desirable unit and super tough to find! *Sold*
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1st Canadian Division Royal Canadian Regiment BD Blouse and Field Wedge Cap Group
Impressive 1st Canadian Division Royal Canadian Regiment battle dress blouse and field service wedge cap group.  Canadian made blouse dated 1943 with original applied insignia nicely sunken in exactly how it should be.  Field service wedge cap is also in excellent condition with original cap badge. Good mannequin size set, perfect for a display.  Excellent lightly worn condition without any notable flaws just showing a but of honest wear. Nice group from a desirable unit and super tough to find! *Sold*
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2nd Canadian Division Calgary Highlanders Battle Dress Group
Calgary Highlanders battle dress blouse and head dress grouping.  Canadian made blouse dated 1944 with original applied insignia nicely sunken in exactly how it should be.  Good large mannequin size, perfect for a combat display.  Excellent condition set in lightly worn condition without any notable flaws. *Sold*

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1st Canadian Division Signals Sergeant Battle Dress Blouse
1st Canadian Division signals sergeant battle dress blouse.  Original period applied insignia including printed 1st Div flash with R.C.C.S. marking (Royal Canadian Corps of Signals), printed Canada titles, overseas bars, and Sergeant rank chevrons. Good mannequin size.  Nice honest worn condition, probably a field worn working battle dress, there is no noticeable moth damage or signs or bad storage.  Produced in Jan 1943, when looking at the date it could read 43 or mistakingly read 45, however the tunic confirms it is a 43 based on the early collar closure and early buttons.  This is a great WWII tunic that very likely saw action in Italy. *Sold*
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Rifleman Joseph C. Frenette, Royal Rifles of Canada Grouping, Hong Kong and POW Veteran
This very interesting grouping belonged to Rifleman Joseph C. Frenette.  Rfn. Frenette fought in Hong Kong in 1941. At the end of the battle he was taken as a prisoner of war until the end of hostilities in 1945, when he arrived home to live the rest of his life.  He was one of the survivors who lived through years of cruelty and hard labour at the hands of the Japanese guards.  The included photos show Frenette prior to shipping off to Hong Kong (Original photo) a photo showing him in uniform upon being returned to Canada at the end of hostilities (Copy) and a photo of him outside of his home in Victoria B.C. during the 1970's (Original photo).  Also included in the grouping is Frenette's cap, with cap badge and backing.  When this group was acquired from the family by another collector, Frenette's wife stated he had this cap with him in the POW camp, however it is in surprisingly good condition if that is the case(?).  Frenette's rare and nice Royal Rifles of Canada lanyard.  Frenette's uniform removed Royal Rifles of Canada shoulder title, as well as golden thread 'CANADA' title which seem to appear only in Hong Kong groupings but not much is currently known about these rare titles. Frenette's uniform removed overseas bars including the 39'r bar.  And most exciting, Frenette's uniform removed Hong Kong patch and very rare Hong Kong pin/button (All of this insignia is shown in wear in the photo from the end of the war!).  These kind of groupings to soldiers who survived famous battles and captivity are extremely uncommon, Hong Kong groups rarely ever come around and this one includes a nice cap as well as very rare insignia items.  The final three images have been uploaded to show the fighting at Hong Kong as well as some images of the survivors to show what these soldiers had to endure. *Sold*
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Pte Nauss #51550 Named Battle Dress Grouping, 1 Canadian Army HQ
Impressive battle dress grouping of Pte. Nauss #51550.  Pte Nauss landed in France in July 1944 and was a driver attached to the Lincoln & Welland Regiment until April 1945 when he ended up with 1 Canadian Army Headquarters.  This battle dress represents his time with 1 Cdn Army HQ.  Undoubtedly Pte Nauss was involved with moving troops to some tough battles.&