By January 1916, the initial shortages of uniform and equipment that had been evident in the first months of the war had largely been rectified by the “unbounded enthusiasm and driving power”(1) of the Minister of Militia, Sir Sam Hughes.
In his portrait, left, Percy was wearing the Canadian khaki service dress, a Canadian version (introduced in 1903) of the British Universal Service Dress (1902).
It had a stand-up collar, shoulder straps, seven front buttons, two chest pockets pleated for extra capacity and closed with a buttoned flap, and two flapped hip pockets; the sleeves ended in “gauntlet” cuffs.
(1) Nicholson, G.W.L. Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914-1919. Ottawa: Queen’s Printer, 1962. 20