An original pair of 1943 dated American made 'War Aid' British Army Khaki drill Shorts dating from the Second World War. These shorts belonged to Major B D Ashton who was a member of the Royal Army Service Corps in the inter-war period and served throughout the Second World War. He was awarded the North Africa Star, Italy Star and France and Germany Star so he certainly saw some action.
These shorts were made in the United States of America as part of the lend-lease scheme and are often referred to as 'War Aid'. It is most likely that Major Ashton acquired these whilst serving in North Africa or Italy as a lot of War Aid items were issued in those two theatres of war.
The shorts are made from a high quality, khaki coloured cotton drill; the shorts are modelled on the British 1941 pattern. The feature the twin belt and buckle waist fastening and First Field Dressing Pocket to the right hip. The buttons and buckles used are typical of American military clothing from this period.
Inside the shorts the original label is still present and is the typical American military type used during this period. It is somewhat faded by the 1943 date is still legible as is the size of 9. The label is also marked 'Trousers' which may suggest that these were cut down to make shorts.
The shorts will suit around a 32" waist depending on desired fit and when laid flat they measure -
Waist - 16"
Rise - 15 1/2"
Rear rise - 20 1/2"
Inside leg - 7"
Outside leg -
Cuff - 13 1/2"
The shorts are in good condition with some signs of wear and age. They display well and are totally wearable but do have some staining and wear etc. Please study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that they are a vintage, pre-owned item which may have small issues commensurate with age.
A nice original pair of attributed shorts which undoubtedly saw use during the Second World war.