D-Day Rifleman

Here is a visual of what a Rifleman would have looked like on D-Day.


Field Service Marching Order with respirator slung. Gas cape rolled on Belt. Veil camouflage around neck. Shell dressing under netting of helmet. Emergency rations in hip pocket.

A.V. Battle dress will be worn, patches, (Canada & QOR), sewn on, when other collected.

The A.V. Battle dress will be worn for a minimum of 48 hrs, as soon as possible. If any effects on body are noticed, they will be reported immediately.


  • Mess tins
  • Holdall (towel, soap, razor, etc.)
  • Knife, fork and spoon
  • 24 hour rations
  • Cardigan
  • Beret
  • Boot laces
  • 4 x 2
  • Cigarettes
  • Pair of socks
  • Brown mug


  • Leather jerkin
  • Boots (anklets if required)
  • Cap comforter
  • Towel
  • Boot brush, dubbin & polish
  • Canvas shoes
  • Shirt, Angola
  • Boot laces
  • Drawers, Celular
  • Writing kit
  • Vest, Summer
  • 3 pairs socks
  • Housewife
  • Cigarettes
  • Greatcoat packed on outside of pack, held on by kicking straps


  • Respirator of Assault marching personnel only attached to pack.
  • G-1018 blanket, folded as for kit layout rolled in ground sheet, strongly lied and properly labelled. (This makes a roll about 2 ½ feet long.)
  • All packs, Haversacks, Greatcoats (inside belt), ground sheet, to be marked with Rank, Name, Number and Coy mark.
  • Assault troops are all that land on “D” day.
  • 1 suit of denim to be collected at a later date.
  • Serge suit for all assault personnel, both riding & marching, less those with coys, will be turned in when notified to coy stores. They will be marked as laid down. They will be returned after “D” day.
  • Serge suit for those on follow up vehicles will be put in their Blanket rolls.

Here are some Pre Invasion photos from our Archives:

May 1944 - QOR Museum’s Photo
May 1944 – QOR Museum’s Photo
May 1944 - QOR Museum’s Photo
May 1944 – QOR Museum’s Photo
May 1944 - QOR Museum’s Photo
May 1944 – QOR Museum’s Photo
May 1944 - QOR Museum’s Photo
May 1944 – QOR Museum’s Photo
May 1944 - QOR Museum’s Photo
May 1944 – QOR Museum’s Photo
Pioneer Cpl 1944 - QOR Museum’s Photo
Pioneer Cpl 1944 – QOR Museum’s Photo

To see the War Diaries for Pre and Invasion visit the link below



MCpl Graham Humphrey

8 thoughts on “D-Day Rifleman”

  1. My dad Joseph Alfred Houle died on Juno beach landing I was born three months later September. Sadly I’ve missed him all my life I’m going to visit his grave with my son


  2. My Dad is Edward Robert Butler QOR B Company first wave. He is still 91 years old. if anyone is out there that may wish to contact him please email me.


    1. Hello. Just noticed your comment on QOR web site. My uncle was Edgar Dawson Butler #B64737 . He fell on D-Day .As far as we know he was in C Company , the second wave . Our email is mneves64@hotmail.com We are going to Toronto ,Thursday Dec 11 coming home on Saturday . We live in Strathroy , down near London .
      I have lots of photos from Dawson , QOR war diary of June 06 1944.
      Send us an email . Thanks . Robert Butler.


  3. My uncle was KIA ,D-Day , he was in “C” Company , E.D. Butler # B64737 ,buried in Beny-sur-Mer . Some years ago I was able to meet Mr.Dave Kingston , his # 15 Platoon SGT., as well as Rolph Jackson , Art Gay and some other wonderful veterans including Charlie Martin. Dawson , as he was known , was on a 2″ mortar team with a fellow , Ray Turnbull . We tried to contact Turnbulls family about Dawson but had no luck.We have a Regimental picture of ” C” Company taken in England , October 1941 , Dick Eyton made a copy and sent it to the family by way of Dave Kingston which was very generous.Would like to contribute a couple of photos here. Thank You . Robert .Butler


    1. Robert: My Dad is Edward R. Butler, he remembers your dad, as they served together.. with Edgar being just in front of my Dad for role call for pay they bump into each other. please contact me.


  4. My father, James Wilkins (10 Platoon, B Company, QOR of C) landed at Bernieres-sur-Mer, as part of the QOR of C first wave Canadian assault on the beaches of Normandy. 10 Platoon of 35 men was practically decimated on the beach. Many didn’t even make it out of the water. On the run in to the beach, Dad’s femur was broken by enemy machine gun fire. Miraculously, he survived.
    p.s. Stretcher-bearer, Mr. Ted O’Halloran, tended to my father. Forever grateful!


  5. My father, Warrant Officer Edward James O’Halloran (Ted) QOR landed at Juno June 6th 1944 as stretcher-bearer, spent that longest day administering first aid and holding his dying comrades in his arms-We WILL remember them. At Ease Dad- 1921-2014 Date: Mon, 26 May 2014 20:59:34 +0000 To: rubyslippers1ec@outlook.com


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