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Uniforms and Insignia

Service Dress Uniform, Captain Charles Best
Service Dress Uniform, Captain Charles Best

Charles Best, well-known for his involvement in the discovery of insulin, headed the Royal Canadian Navy's medical research unit from 1942 onwards.

The four stripes on the cuffs of Best's uniform jacket show his rank of captain, and the scarlet between the stripes indicate service in the medical branch. In 1939, Best began work on blood transfusion, in particular the production of dried human blood serum for the military. Made director of the navy's medical research unit in 1942, Best directed research into seasickness, night vision, and other medical issues that affected naval personnel.

Uniform, Service Dress, Captain Charles Best

Cap, CWM 19880147-001
Jacket, CWM 19880147-010
Trousers, CWM 19880147-011

Service Dress Uniform, Captain Charles Best
WRCNS Uniform, Captain Adelaide Sinclair
Presentation Cigarette Case, Captain Adelaide Sinclair
Uniform, Lieutenant-Commander Eleanor McCallum
WRCNS Summer Work Dress
HMCS St. Hyacinthe Sweatshirt
Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service Pennant, HMCS Stadacona
Uniform, Leading Wren Lorna Stanger
Sailor's Fur Vest
Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve Pillow Cover
Rear Admiral Leonard Warren Murray
White Ensign, HMCS Arrowhead
Duffle Coat
Service Dress and Cap, Leading Seaman John Doyle
Medal Set, Chief Petty Officer Max Bernays, HMCS Assiniboine
Memorial Cross, Chief Stoker Alexander McKinnon, HMCS St. Croix
U-570 Sailor's Cap
U-190 Pennant
Tropical Service Dress, German Merchant Navy
Prisoner of War Work Jacket
Winter Service Dress Jacket, Lieutenant Neville "Riv" Rivington
Summer Service Dress Uniform, Commander Lorenzo Lysons Atwood
Artist's Box, Commander Charles Anthony Law
Commander Charles Anthony Law Medal Set