In order to add the distinguishing patches to each
of the Matrix Pages (upper left corner for each unit) it was necessary
to create the patches from available information to ensure that there
were no copyright issues.
Here are some examples:
1st Infantry Battalion
8th Trench Mortar Battery
& North Russia
B Squadron R.N.W.M.P.
Fort Gary Horse
has been some question as to the exact colours and sizes of the patches,
so I was pleased to find a reference. The Following is extracted
Duguid, Col. A.
F. 1965. History of the Grenadier Guards 1760-1964. Gazette
Printing Company Limited, Montréal.
(Chapter VII – The Somme, page 109)
August 1916 there was introduced throughout the Canadian Corps a
system of identification by coloured cloth distinguishing patches worn
on both arms immediately below the shoulder seam of the tunic. All
ranks of each Division wore the Divisional Patch, rectangular, 2 x 3
inches, placed horizontally; red for the 1st, navy blue for the 2nd, bleu
d’horizon for the 3rd (having been formed in France), and green
for the 4th. For further differentiation, each of the 48 infantry
battalions wore a smaller patch above the rectangle — a 2 inch
circle, a semicircle, a 2 inch equilateral triangle, or a 2 inch
square: in colour green for the first brigade, red for the second,
blue for the third.
Another random reference was found in May 2008 while researching the
20th Infantry Battalion war diary. There in September 1916 was an
entry about sewing on the patch and a sketch showing the measurements:
Initially these were derived from Nicholson
Appendix G and later these were confirmed from the CanadianSoldier.com
Formation Patches. Thanks to all on the CEFSG Forum that
assisted with identification and correction of these patches. Not
all are complete, some are difficult to recreate and others may be
incorrect or missing. Send in your additions, corrections or
suggestions to the Matrix Project.
Each of the patches was created using standard
symbols available in Microsoft
Word. These were then printed to Adobe
PDF format so that they could be imported into Nuance
PaperPort and then converted to an image file (i.e. jpg, bmp, tif,
etc.). As of this date, that is the best way I have found to
create such image files.
For details and an ongoing discussion related to
these items please see the topic posted at the CEFSG
Distinguishing Patches topic.
The majority of the patches have now been created,
sorted and uploaded into the separate pages for the Army Corps Divisions
as well as the Army Troops. There are patches missing (i.e. there
is no Forestry Patch) and so we will continue to add to this Matrix
Utility until it is complete. Please send in any information that
you have! In addition to the information on each of the pages, you
can also download the images from the Patch