An original pair of 1950 pattern Drill Green trousers dating from 1957.
This pattern of trousers with the cross belt waist came into issue with British forces in 1944. It stayed in use well into the 1970s under different designations including '1950 pattern'. The waist belt was designed to be adjustable to account for the wearer losing weight in hot climates. This style is now often referred to as 'Gurkha pants'.
The trousers are made from a green coloured cotton drill material and feature a twin pleated front, slash pockets to the hips, twin rear pockets and a map pocket to the left leg. The fly fastens with green plastic buttons as do the pockets and the waist belts fasten with chrome plated grip buckles.
Inside the trousers the original label is still present and is legible. It bears the size of 5 which is intended to fit a 30" - 32" waist. The maker's name of 'J. Compton, Sons & Webb Ltd' is also present as is the War Department broad arrow marking and the 1957 date.
The trousers will suit around a 28" waist and when laid flat they measure -
Waist - 14"
Rise - 14 1/2"
Rear rise - 15"
Inside leg - 28"
Outside leg - 40"
Cuff - 8 1/2"
The trousers are in well worn condition with some flaws. There are general signs of wear and use and a small hole to the seat which is illustrated in the last picture. Please take time to study the pictures and remember that these are a pre-owned, vintage pair of trousers which may have small issues commensurate with age.
A desirable pair of vintage military trousers with a nice clear label.
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