Item:
ONSV9366

Original British Victorian Era Gloustershire Regiment Scarlet Officer Dress Tunic and Trousers - Identified to Lt. Crawhill

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Dating around World War One or earlier, this fine jacket is in very good condition. Made of fine melton wool with an artificial silk padded lining.Front of the tunic has 8 buttons, each marked “Jennens & co. London”. Wonderfully detailed Lieutenant braiding and buff facing adorn each cuff.  A maker label is sewn to the lining with the interior at the nape of the neck; “F.W. Flight/Military Outfitter/Winchester. Aldershot/ & London.W.” below is handwritten the original owner’s name and rank: “Lt. Crawhill”. A matched set of trousers accompany the tunic, which will make for an excellent display.

Before the First World War, the regiment's four auxiliary battalions were converted to three Territorial Force battalions and a Special Reserve battalion, and a further 18 battalions were added to the regiment's establishment during the war. Sixteen battalions of the regiment saw active service in France and Flanders, Italy, Gallipoli, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia and Salonika, losing a total of 8,100 men killed and winning 72 different battle honors. Four awards of the Victoria Cross (VC) were made to soldiers serving with the regiment. The wartime battalions were disbanded as the war ended, and just before the Second World War, two of the territorial battalions were re-purposed and ceased to have any affiliation with the regiment. On the eve of the war, the remaining territorial battalion was duplicated, and another five battalions were raised on the outbreak of war, though most of these were disbanded or re-purposed as the war progressed. Four battalions saw active service under the regiment's colours during the war. The 2nd and 5th Battalions both fought in the Battle of France and, after being lost almost in its entirety during the Battle of Dunkirk, the re-formed 2nd Battalion landed at Gold Beach on D-Day and fought in the Allied campaign in North-West Europe. The 1st Battalion was involved in the retreat from Rangoon during the Japanese conquest of Burma, and the 10th Battalion saw active service in the defeat of Japanese forces during the Burma Campaign 1944–45.
 
Approximate Measurements:
Collar to Shoulder: 10”
Shoulder to Sleeve: 23”
Shoulder to Shoulder: 16”
Chest Width: 14”
Waist Width: 15”
Hip Width: 19”
Front Length: 31”
Inseam: 29”
Waist: 34”
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