An original 1934 dated British Army Ordinary Ranks Service Dress Tunic which belonged to a Royal Army Ordnance Corps who served with Southern Command during the Second World War.
The tunic is rare being of inter-war production - A time when only a small amount uniform and equipment was being produced for the British military. The original owner would have been one of the few people to retain his service dress uniform when battledress came into iussue. This was not uncommon to see with Sergeants serving in Great Britain throughout the war.
The tunic is the 5th modification of the 1902/07 pattern tunic which came into service with the British Army during 1918. It is now often referred to as the '1918 pattern' although more commonly called the 1922 pattern by collectors today. The jacket is typical of those produced in the 1930s with an un-lined collar and very fitted cut. The collar has been tacked down as was often done by soliders at the time to keep the collar looking smart and neat. The collar s fitted with brass Royal Army Ornance Corps collar badges and brass RAOC shoulder titles are fitted to the epaulettes. Rare first pattern Royal Army Ordnance Corps Southern Command formation flashes are fitted to the top of each sleeve and sergeant stripes are fitted lower down. Above the right hand stripe is a brass blacksmith / articifer trade badge.
Inside the tunic the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It bears the title 'Jacket Service Dress' below which is the size of 4NS. The maker's name of 'The Rego Clothiers Limited' is also present as is the 1934 date. There is also a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'W'.
The tunic is small size which is intended to fit up to a 35" chest. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 19"
Waist - 34"
Inside arm - 19"
Outside arm - 24 1/2"
Shoulders - 15 1/2"
Length at rear - 27"