A WWII Named HLI of Canada Battledress Blouse
WWII Highland Light Infantry of Canada Battledress Blouse - This battledress blouse is wool with a green tinge to the darker khaki colour, giving it that distinctive Canadian-look versus the British version, of which the Canadian one is patterned after. The blouse is adorned with Highland Light Infantry of Canada shoulder flashes and 3rd Infantry Division patches on both shoulders. The right forearm sleeve is adored with three red War Service Chevrons. The shoulders have button down epaulet straps held in place via metal buttons. There is a button down tab on the left side of the collar and when connected to the button at the right side, ensures a snug fit at the neckline. The front has two pockets, one on each breast which have decorative straps giving them a pleated-look with metal buttons at the top. Each pocket has a foldover flap and when lifted up, exposes a reinforced button hole. When the buttons are fastened, they remain invisible to the eye, covered by the flaps. The front is completed by a vertical row of five metal buttons on the right side, facing an equal number of reinforced button holes on the left, simlarily covered by a full-length flap, again remaining invisible to the eye. Along the waistline at the front is a strap on the left side, and when fed through the metal belt loop on the right side, ensures a snug fit at the waist. It comes with button down cuffs with metal buttons, and when fasterned, again are invisible to the eye, plus three reinforced ventiliation holes in each armpit. Inside, the waistline is reinforced with a 72 mm wide cotton band, with three reinforced button holes at the rear. The inside lapel on both sides has cotton-lined pockets, the right pocket with a Canadian Broad Arrow production mark stamped in black ink, while the left pocket is named in green ink to "B81173 SIMMS W R", the blouse itself measuring 440 mm across the shoulders and 535 mm in length overall. There is one large, 40 mm wide hole cut out of the left sleeve near the seam and one small hole on the right shoulder, with light soiling on the cotton collar, lining and pockets. It displays a nice texture in the wool and quality workmanship, intact stitching, in very fine condition. Accompanied by copies of his Service Records and Discharge Certificate.Footnote: B-81173 Wallace Robert Simms enlisted as a Private with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps on August 12, 1942 in Toronto, Ontario and placed with "R" Wing, No. 3 Company. Two weeks later, he was transferred to No. 25 Basic Training Centre in Simcoe, Ontario on August 29th. After two months training in Simcoe, he was transferred to No. A19 Training Centre at Camp Borden, Ontario on October 27th and it was here that he qualified as a Driver (I.C.), Class III Wheel on December 15th. He was to see another transfer in the new year, this time to No.4 V.T.C. Montreal, to attend a Clerk's Course on February 7, 1943, before returning to Camp Borden on April 26th. A little over three months later, he was struck off strength on posting to No. 1 Transit Camp, Windsor, Nova Scotia on August 5th, arriving on the 7th. Simms embarked for the United Kingdom on August 24, 1943, arriving on the 31st and upon arrival, was transferred to the No. 1 Canadian Army Service Corps Reinforcement Unit on September 2nd. He was transferred to 1c GRU to attend a course, from November 29, 1943 to January 15, 1944, qualifying as Clerk "C" and was granted trade pay for such. He was stuck off strength to Exercise Henley, Clerk "C" on February 17, 1944. Later that summer, he was awarded one Good Conduct Badge on August 12th. Simms embarked the United Kingdom for the Italian theatre on February 22, 1945, disembarking in France on the 24th. He was to served in Europe for the next forty-five weeks before embarking North West Europe for the United Kingdom on January 2, 1946. Three weeks later, he returned to Canada and was taken on strength at S-8 Canadian Army Training Centre in Hamilton, Ontario on January 27th. Simms was discharged on March 22, 1946 at No. 2 District Depot in Toronto, granted a clothing allowance and receiving a rehabilitation grant, credited with having served in Canada, the United Kingdom, the Central Mediterranean Area and Continental Europe. He was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the Italy Star, The France and Germany Star and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp, none of which are included here.