Original 1941 Dated British Officer's Khaki Drill Tunic 'Austin Reed'

Original 1941 Dated British Officer's Khaki Drill Tunic 'Austin Reed'

Code: 54408


An original 1941 dated British Army officer's khaki drill tunic which was made by 'Austin Reed'.

This tunic belong to G. C. Timmis who served withe the Royal Engineers during the Second World War. He is shown in the army lists for 1941, 1944 and 1945 so clearly served throughout most of the war. He was made Captain in April.

The tunic is an early example of the officer's bush jacket pattern which became a popular alternative to the standard KD service dress tunic as the war progressed. It is made from the standard khaki tan coloured cotton drill material and features a button front, breast pockets with scaloped flaps, bellows pockets the skirt and long sleeves. The tunic retains its original match waist belt which is fitted with a brass two pronged buckle. Epaulettes are fitted to the shoulders which show signs of having had a single rank star fitted which fits well with date as Timmis was this rank in 1941. 

Inside the jacket the original label is still present and is bright a legible. It bears the maker's name of 'Austin Reed of Regent Street' who are a very well known British maker. Below this the owners name has been added in ink along with the date of 3 - 7 -41. 

The tunic will suit a 36" - 38" chest depending on desired fit and when laid flat it measures - 

Chest - 20 1/2"
Inside arm - 18"
Outside arm - 23 3/4"
Shoulders - 16 1/2"
Length - 29 1/2" 

The jacket is in good condition with only limited signs of wear and use and overall it displays very well. There are no serious flaws or issues but plase take time to study the pictures and bear in mind that it is a vintage, pre-owned item which may have small flaws commensurate with age. 

A very nice original early war officer's bush jacket by a well known maker which is named and offers the prospect of further research.