Rank & Appointment Insignia

Chris Brooker's CEF Guide

Cap Badges


Corps & Services 1939-1945

Mounted Units 1939-1945

Collar Badges


 Metal Shoulder Titles

 Slip-On Shoulder Titles 

Buttons 1939-1945

Formation Patches
C.E.F. Troops  
1st Canadian Army

Canadian Military HQ

1st Canadian Corps

2nd Canadian Corps

Atlantic Command

Pacific Command

1st Canadian Division

2nd Canadian Division

3rd Canadian Division

4th Canadian Division

5th Canadian Division

6th Canadian Division

7th Canadian Division

8th Canadian Division

1st Armoured Brigade

2nd Armoured Brigade

3rd Armoured Brigade

Misc. & Foreign 1939-45  
Postwar .


Miscellaneous Insignia

Active Service Badges

Good Conduct Chevrons

Instructors Badges

Tank Badges
NCO Corps Badges
Service Chevrons
Wound Stripes
National Insignia

Special Distinctions


NCO Corps Badges

Royal Canadian Artillery and Royal Canadian Engineers

Sergeants in the Royal Canadian Artillery in the Second World War wore a Gun badge over their chevrons, while Sergeants in the Royal Canadian Engineers wore a flaming bomb insignia over the chevrons.  Staff Sergeants wore a crown above the gun or bomb insignia.  Warrant Officers appointed as Master Gunners also wore the Gun badge.

The "gun" and "bomb" badges were sometimes deleted if there was not enough space to display them on the uniform sleeve (for example a Staff Sergeant in a unit wearing divisional patches, CANADA titles, and the corps flash.)

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Some sergeants opted to put the corps badges overtop of the rank chevrons, as in the photo at right.
 Artifact and photo courtesy of Michael Johnson.

Cavalry/Armoured Regiments

Sergeants in cavalry (and later, armoured) units of the British Army adopted a practice of placing a cap or collar badge directly overtop of the the chevrons located on the right sleeve of the uniform jacket (or Battle Dress Blouse).   Canadian soldiers appear to have eagerly picked up this dress distinction in the Second World War.  The practice seems to have died out after the Second World War.

Photos here, courtesy Ed Storey, show NCOs of the Royal Canadian Dragoons.  Photo at left shows a Staff Sergeant of the RCD showing the cap badge worn on the right sleeve chevrons.  Both photos are from 1955.

Man at left of far right photo wears cloth WO II rank badges, with a metal cap badge on the right sleeve.  Man at far right has metal WO II rank badges on his battledress as well as the regimental cap badge below. 


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Armoured Corps Substantive Rank

John Nayduk passes on the following information and photo:

Id like to add if I might.  On the NCO Corps badges page, you show a few RCD NCOs wearing a mini badge over their stripes or under the WO II or WO I rank badges.  The Windsor Regiment did this as well with a mini WW1 tank.  This showed that the wearer had substantive rank as opposed to acting rank.  Ive attached a photo showing a couple of WO IIs and the RSM wearing the tank badge under their rank badges on their right sleeves.

Warrant Officers of The Windsor Regiment (R.C.A.C.) in the post-war Canadian Army, wearing a metal badge in the shape of a First World War tank on the right sleeve, underneath the appointment badges on their battle dress (also in metal). Note the coloured unit lanyards, and, per custom in the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps, black web belts. The web anklets of worn during the war were dispensed with after the war in favour of cloth puttees. The newly minted Canadian Forces Decoration can be seen on the two Warrant Officers Class II.

Royal Canadian Corps of Signals

Jon Skagfeld passes on info that by 1958, Sergeants in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals were wearing a metal "Jimmy" (the nickname given to the figure of Mercury on the corps cap badge) over their chevrons.  In approximately 1960, a cloth version of "Jimmy" was used to replace the metal badge.    (Photo at right courtesy Michael Johnson).

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Mercury was, of course, the Messenger of the Gods.

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NCO Instructors

The following information comes from Doug Townend;

Many of the Canadian Army schools of instruction in the 1950s and 60s created instructor badges for wear by the NCO instructors. Officers did not wear them.  These badges were in addition to the Army Assistant Instructor trade badge - Letters A I with either the Trade Group 3 crown above or the Trade Group 4 Crown above and partial wreath below. This trade badge was worn on the left forearm of the uniform. Only a few of the establishment positions of the School organization would have been annotated for the AI qualification.

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Royal Canadian Armoured Corps School - wore a brass outline of the Centurion tank, locally made, above the rank badge on both arms, including WOs II.

Royal Canadian Army Service Corps School  wore a winged wheel, steering wheel with horizontal wing on each side, in brass or white metal.

Royal Canadian Infantry Corps School  wore a white metal maple leaf with a vertical bayonet, tip pointing upward, just as is worn today.

Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps School wore the shield, in white metal, from the Corps cap badge on the lower right sleeve above the trade badge.

To date these are the only schools for which Instructor Badges have been positively identified.

Post Unification

Corps badges fell into use as the corps involved were replaced, though the Master Gunner badge continued in use with the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. 1999-present