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Were all British officers required to purchase formal (red) mess dress during the war ?

khaki

It was an obligatory requirement for officers holding a Regular Commission, but not for men with Temporary, Special Reserve, or Territorial Force Commissions.

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Thanks for the prompt reply. it must have looked a bit odd at a formal mess evening, I would have thought that any CO would have had formal mess dress prohibited for the duration.

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Thanks for the prompt reply. it must have looked a bit odd at a formal mess evening, I would have thought that any CO would have had formal mess dress prohibited for the duration.

khaki

Glad to help khaki. Although obliged to have one, once the war got into its stride it seems it was only rarely, if ever worn. Mainly only at regimental depots and for special occasions such as regimental commemorative days when an officer happened to be at home. Increasingly rare as the war went on.

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