Original 1945 Dated Royal Navy Officers Trousers by 'Gieves'

Original 1945 Dated Royal Navy Officers Trousers by 'Gieves'

Code: 53013


A nice original pair of Royal Navy Officers No. 5 Dress trousers made by 'Gieves' in 1945 for Geoffrey Neame Loriston-Clarke.

The name G. N. Loriston-Clarke can be found in surviving documents from the 1920s and 1930s suggesting that he was in the Royal Navy for many years. During the Second World War he served on the Escort Destroyer of the Hunt (Type 1) Class HMS Southdown as a Commander between 05.02.1941 to 15.01.1942 and as an Acting Captain on the Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS Canton from 29.01.1942 to late 1942. On the 1st Jan 1942 he was Mentioned in Despatches and on the 28th Nov 1944 awarded the C.B.E. On the 28th May 1946, he was listed in the London Gazette as having been awarded the American "Legion of Merit" (Degree of Legionnaire). He retired in April 1948.

The trousers are typical of those worn by officers throughout the Second World War. They are made from a black melton wool and feature a high rise waist with button fly. Waist adjusters are present and appear to be a later addition as they are made from a contrasting fabric. Inside the trousers the original label is present and bears the makers name of 'Gieves' along with the owners name and the date of the 5th of March 1945. 

The trousers will fit a 34" waist and when laid flat they measure - 

Waist - 17"
Inside leg - 29"

The trousers are in good condition and display well. The only small flaw is that one of the fly buttons is a bit loose. 

A good original pair of wartime Royal Navy officers trousers.