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World War II Uniform

Curated Submission
Mid-20th century
DIMENSIONS in centimetres
Jacket 62.5 x 58; Sleeve 63.5; Trousers 39 x 105.5
Materials & techniques
Wool; Industrial manufacturing
Niagara Historical Society and Museum 2006.029.001
The Royal Canadian Army Service Corps was formed on November 1, 1901, and had experienced rapid expansion by 1939. One in every 12 Canadian soldiers was enlisted in the RCASC during the Second World War. In this time, 1,006 RCASC soldiers died from enemy action or disease and accumulated 1,156 honours and awards. The RCASC later became the Logistics Branch under the Canadian Forces Reorganization Act of February 1, 1968.

This khaki wool uniform jacket belonged to Harold Clement of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Clement served in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps and trained at Camp Niagara before going overseas for service in March 1943. Clement saw action in England, Normandy, Germany, Belgium, and Holland before being sent to a military hospital in Newcastle, England, with appendicitis. He remained in England with his unit after the war to continue logistical work such as transporting prisoners.
After his service Harold Clement lived an active life in Niagara-on-the-Lake, serving a number of terms as Regional Councillor and as a member of the Royal Canadian Legion.
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