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On a 'list of articles' equipment issued to a man in the RE, there is: Jacket, emergency. Trousers, emergency and Cap, emergency. What are these?

Mick

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I don't know, but taking a guess maybe the simplified jacket, trousers and hat of some kind or possibly the waterproofed canvas suit you see drivers, despatch riders etc wearing?

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I don't think it was an emergency issue because the scales of other clothing were as usual.

mick

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I don't think so, I have asked the question about his company on another thread... 231st.

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Mick,

Most references I've seen to Emergency uniform items have referred to Blue clothing.

These were pattern sealed as "Emergency".

The 1915 priced vocabulary was carrying such items as "Coat, Great Blue Emergency". I actually have one of these.

Joe Sweeney

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This still sounds like conventional garments, albeit in blue, to be issued in emergency circumstances, rather than specialist clothing with protective qualities. What does 'emergency' refer to, Joe ?

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I believe that this clothing is part of the clothing made-up because of shortages in Drab material and generally adhering to the same pattern as the Drab stuff.

A lot of this stuff ended up on the issue scales for a lot the Native labor corps and were recorded in the winter scales of issue such as GRO 2799 which recorded issue of the Emergency Blue Great coats, Jackets of Blue corderoy and cloth and Trousers of blue corderoy and cloth etc..

Not sure why the RE man got them unless he was an interpretor.

What is the date on the clothing issue form?

Joe Sweeney

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Could he have been on some particularly mucky detail and drew the blue stuff as something to wear rather than his ordinary uniform?

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I believe that this clothing is part of the clothing made-up because of shortages in Drab material and generally adhering to the same pattern as the Drab stuff.

A lot of this stuff ended up on the issue scales for a lot the Native labor corps and were recorded in the winter scales of issue such as GRO 2799 which recorded issue of the Emergency Blue Great coats, Jackets of Blue corderoy and cloth and Trousers of blue corderoy and cloth etc..

Not sure why the RE man got them unless he was an interpretor.

What is the date on the clothing issue form?

Joe Sweeney

Date is 1915

http://content.ancestry.co.uk/Browse/view....ldsend&cr=1

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So printed not typed so it wasn't just him drawing them but everybody else (at least in his part of the RE) as well!

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I think you are right, would he, in other circumstances, been issued 2 tunics?

Mick

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Mick,

Normal pre-war practice was the issue of two jackets and trousers (not two Caps).

This changed a bit in the war with technically those in the UK also receieving pre-war scales.

However, once in an active theatre it beacame almost universal and very early that only one was issued.

Joe Sweeney

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Thanks Joe, one of my resolutions this year will be to become more familiar with uniform.

Mick

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