A fantastic original uniform grouping which belonged to Trooper 14787803 Francis Arthur Alan Ellis who served with the 1st Fife and Forfar Yeomanry during WW2 before he transferred to the 1st Royal Tank Regiment in 1945.
Trooper Ellis served with the 1st Fife & Forfar in Northwest Europe during 1944-45 as is denoted by the France and Germany Star medal ribbon fitted to the battledress blouse. There are three accompanying photographs which all feature Allan and the rear has a cross to confirm which man he is. One of the pictures is clearly taken in the winter of 1944-45 as the trees in the background are bare. He is wearing an RAC pattern beret with the Fife and Forfar cap badge with no backing material which further confirms that he served in this regiment during hostilities. As well as serving as part of an armoured crew, Alan also played drums in the regimental dance band. At the end of the war he stayed in the army until 1947 and transferred to the 1st Battalion of the Royal Tank Regiment and was stationed in Germany.
The Battledress blouse is a standard 1940 Pattern (Austerity) example which was made in 1943. It appears to be the blouse Alan wore whilst serving with the Fife & Forfar Yeomanry as it has evidence of where collar badges have previously been fitted. The jacket is made from the standard khaki green coloured serge wool and is fitted with chocolate brown coloured vegetable ivory (plastic) buttons throughout - typical of mid-war production. The blouse has been heavily tailored at the waist and rear whilst the collar has been converted to an 'open face' style as is commonly seen on late war Battledress. When regulations changed to allow for all ranks to wear a collared shirt and tie in October 1944, many soldiers had their blouses converted in a similar manner.
The jacket comes complete with its original insignia which includes 7th Armoured formation badges, embroidered mother thank to the upper right sleeve, brass musicians badge to the upper left sleeve and a five pointed star to the lower left sleeve which is the 'Mullet' trade badge which denotes the wearer as a driver/mechanic. Medal ribbons are fitted to the left breast and a maroon-red coloured lanyard is fitted to the left shoulder.
Inside the jacket the original label is still present and bears the size of 9 and the maker's name of 'Prices Tailors Limited Proprietors of The Fifty Shilling Tailors'. The date is hard to read but there is a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'N' which denotes 1943 as the year of issue.
The trousers are standard issue 1940 Pattern (Austerity) examples which, like the jacket, have also been tailored. They have had large wedge shaped pieces of serge let into each inseam to create a 'bell bottom' shape. This was an extremely popular style at the end of the Second World War and is often encountered on original period worn trousers. All of the buttons are green coloured vegetable ivory (plastic) examples as are usually found on this period of battledress, save for the rear two brass buttons which have been replaced with 'BullDog Brand' examples. These are often found on battledress which was worn in service and are always a nice detail to see. There is a War Department acceptance inside the trousers and no label remains.
The grouping comes with two belts. The first is a standard 1937 pattern webbing belt which has been 'blackened' as was common in the Royal Tank regiment. Curiously, it bears a different serial number to Alan's which would suggest it was borrowed, stolen or given. The second belt is an original German Hitler Youth belt which was no-doubt worn as a trophy belt. Wearing captured German belts was popular during the conflict but would not have been done after the ceasing of hostilities which would suggest it dates from his time serving with the Fife Forfar Yeomanry. There is also a German mine marker included with the grouping.
As well as the uniform there are three photographs all with Alan in and a photocopy of his testimonial from the 1st Royal Tank Regiment.
A really fantastic battledress grouping which would compliment any serious collection without a doubt!