Fusiliers of Canada (the Vancouver Regiment), 1939
There have been a number of
‘Irish’ units formed in the Canadian military forces from their inception in
the 1860s. One of these was the 11th Regiment Irish Fusiliers of Canada
raised in 1913. In the reorganisation of 1936 the Regiment combined with the
Vancouver Regiment to form the unit shown here. After becoming an artillery
unit between 1946 and 1958, the regiment converted back to infantry and the
title of 1936.
Headdress – Standard parade dress for the Canadian infantry was the white
cloth covered Wolesley helmet with brass spike. Mount and chin chain. The
national identity came with the green plume fixed behind the white puggaree
on the left side.
Tunic – Scarlet cloth with blue facing cloth on the collar, shoulder straps
and pointed cuff. All three areas were decorated with white piping, with a
trefoil knot being formed above the cuff point.
On the right sleeve are the three gilt lace chevrons of this member’s rank,
with a crimson sash over the right shoulder confirming his status.
Brass buttons closed the front.
Legwear – Infantry dark blue trousers with a red welt down the side seams,
worn over ankle boots.
White leather waist belt with brass union buckle.
Weapon – Calibre 0.303in Short Magazine Lee Enfield Mk.III and bayonet. The
latter hangs from the waist belt behind the left hip in its white leather