“My main interest is the Canadian Army in both World War, including the uniforms and insignia, the vehicles – both tracked and wheeled – manufactured in Canada, and especially the small arms, optics and other technical equipment.
At times I reenact a WWII Canadian War Correspondent. The picture at left was taken by noted reenactment photographer Janice Lang, in the courtyard of the Canadian War Museum.
I have written a few books on these subjects including Canadian Military Handguns-1855 to1985, (Museum Restoration Service, 1994) this book covers the issues and use of the many different models adopted by the Canadian Militia and Canadian Army, from the 1851 Colt Navy to the SIG P226.”
Former President, Bytown Militaria Collectors Association (BMCA),
Former Governor and Fellow, Company of Military Historians (CMH),
Former Director, Swords & Ploughshares Museum.
Military Collector’s Club of Canada (MCCofC),
Clive Michael Law (1954-2017)
“Clive Michael Law (1954-2017) was a Canadian publisher and author, and founder and President of Service Publications. He wrote and edited several books dealing with the Canadian military, including ground-breaking works on Canadian distinguishing patches worn since 1916, as well as the uniforms of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and was the Canadian subject matter expert on the Canadian Inglis High-Power Pistol (Browning High-Power). As a senior public servant for the Governement of Canada, he worked with Global Affairs, the RCMP and Transport Canada.
Clive Law was born in London England, on May 14, 1954. He emigrated to Canada at the age of four and became a Canadian citizen on March 5, 1971. He attended Bishop’s College School where he participated in the Cadet movement, attaining the rank of Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major.
Law began his military service as a “Corporal All-out” Staff Cadet on the establishment of the Regiment de Maisonneuve in June 1971. From September 1972 to April 1974 he was an Cadet Instructor List Officer with 2675 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps affiliated to 3rd Field Regiment (Royal Canadian Engineers). He officially enrolled in the Canadian Forces Primary Reserve on 23 May 1974, as an officer of the Governor General’s Foot Guards. In 1976 he completed the Unit NBC Officer and Basic Parachutist courses before transferring to the Supplementary List in June 1976.
Service Publications (SP) was established in 1991 by Clive M. Law, an author and historian as well as former officer of the Governor General’s Foot Guards. The company is devoted to the publication of books and periodicals regarding Canadian military subjects. SP sells books from other publishers as well as producing its own series of books. In addition to one-off titles by various authors, SP also releases titles as part of their own series of books, such as “Weapons of War” and “UpClose”.
In addition, MilArt, an acronym for Military Artifact, was originally published as a paper newsletter from 1996 to 1999, at which time it went dormant due to Law’s other commitments with Service Publications. Even though collectors of Canadian militaria are well served by two large, national, collectors’ organizations (and countless local groups) Clive Law felt that ready access, via the web, to quality articles would benefit the Collector Historian community. Some articles featured have been written exclusively for MilArt while others have previously appeared in other media. MilArt allows for colour images, and more of them than is normally found in print journals. A number of categories have been established and more will be added as needed.
Law was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for his contributions to society. The medal was awarded in early 2003, in recognition of his publishing accomplishments. The medal was presented by Dr. Serge Bernier, Director, History and Heritage at the Department of National Defence.
In May 2005 Mr. Law was elected a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians. This US-based organisation boasts over 1500 members and produces one of the best collector-oriented magazines. The Company concentrates on the uniforms of the armies of the Americas as well as those worn by other countries while in the Americas. He was also the recipient of the Loren Miller Medal for a display of concentrating on the uniforms of the Canadian Guards that he exhibited at the annual meeting in Providence, Rhode Island.
In 2009, as a Senior Public Servant, Mr. Law was deployed to Haiti in support of OP MINUSTAH. He was presented with the UN medal for MINUSTAH with numeral 2. During his time on deployment, he was instrumental in being part of the establishment of the St John Ambulance First Aid, as the standard of the Haitian National Police.
Due to his help in creating a self sustaining first aid program for the Haitian National Police, in 2010 Mr. Law was inducted as a Serving Member into the Order of St John, and was also presented with the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal by the Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. In 2012 he was presented the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal following nomination by the Organization of Military Museums of Canada. This was presented by Richard Pound, Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Grenadier Guards.
In 2015 he was presented with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendtion. His citation reads:
Mr. Law is a United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Veteran who served with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Haiti. He is currently President of the Ottawa branch of the Canadian Association of Veterans of UN Peacekeeping (CAVUNP) and a former member of the Royal Canadian Legion. A federal public servant, Mr. Law also operates an Ottawa publishing firm. This company has published over 100 reference books on the Canadian Army related to the 19th and 20th centuries. These books have been distributed worldwide and can be found in numerous museums and at the Juno Beach Centre in France. Mr. Law has participated in Remembrance Day activities throughout Ottawa and read the Act of Remembrance at the 2012 Candlelight Ceremony during Veterans’ Week. Since 2012, he has assisted in planning the annual Peacekeeper’s Day parade. Mr. Law received an Award of Excellence from the Minister of Veterans Affairs in 2014.”