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Object ID # 1971.117.001abc
Object Name Uniform
Title C.W.A.C. Tunic, Skirt & Cap
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Year Range from 1944
Year Range to 1946
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Toronto, Ontario
Description C.W.A.C. service tunic, skirt and cap, W.W.#2. This uniform is fashioned from a sturdy khaki woolen fabric. A. Tunic: The tunic is tailored for a woman's body shape. It fastens in the front with four gold-toned buttons that sport the CWAC insignia, which includes the head of Athena. The tunic has broad lapels that display collar dog badges. It has one breast pocket and two waist pockets, all with box pleats and buttoned flaps. There are brown-coloured passants, or shoulder straps, with C.W.A.C. buttons and "TRIA JUNCTA IN UNO" pips (she was an officer). The shoulders are padded, and the interior is lined with green satin. A label sewn inside the neck edge personalizes the garment with "W27615 Henry A. M." There is an embroidered CANADA shoulder flash, and a multicoloured hexagonal badge. The badge indicates Pacific War Area and Japan. Note: The outer edge of the left cuff is tattered, so you may wish to hide this when exhibiting the set. B. Skirt: A matching A-line skirt. There is a small hole in the lower right area of the front. C. Cap: This cap sports a decorative leather band around its circumferential joint. There is a metal ornament on its front. The ornament has two parts, an outer diamond shaped copper band that reads: "Canadian Women's Army Corps", and an inner silver-toned cluster of 3 maple leafs. The hat has a flap on its back which extends around the sides about 2/3 of the way to the front/centre of the cap. It is currently fastened to the upper part of the cap rather than hanging down. The inside of the cap is lined in a shiny, soft fabric and is labeled. There is a leather band inside the hat as well. It shows wear and discolouration.
Makers mark The interior of the cap has "T. Eaton Co., Mrk. 6718, 1843"
Provenance Issued to and worn by A. May Henry, a woman who was from the Chatsworth area of Grey County. During the Second World War, she joined the Canadian Army Women's Corps [C.W.A.C.], which was created in 1941. She enlisted at Toronto in 1944. She served at Halifax, with her last rank that of Captain. She was discharged at Oakville, Ontario, in July, 1946. C.W.A.C. was disbanded the same year.
Collection Military, 20th-c Collection
Material Wool/Satin/Brass/Leather/Metal/Ink
Found Chatsworth, Township of Chatsworth, Grey County
People Henry, May
Subjects World War II
Military uniforms
Search Terms Canadian Women's Army Corps (C.W.A.C.)
Function This uniform was issued to A. May Henry of the Chatsworth area of Grey County. She enlisted in 1944, and served until 1946 (the CWACs had to work after the war ended in 1945 until they were disbanded).