An original battledress uniform which belonged to a driver of the Royal Army Service Corps who fought in North West Europe in 1944-45 with VIII Corps.
This jacket is a standard 1940 pattern example as introduced in the summer of 1940 and replaced in 1942 with the austerity pattern. This example was made in 1942 and the original owner has fitted his badge to it including embroidered 'RASC' shoulder titles, printed VIII Corp formation badges and Royal Army Service Corps pattern arm of service stripes are located below this. To the bottom of the right sleeve are five long service chevrons denoting five years in the army which would suggest the original owner joined early in the war. The other sleeve features two good conduct chevrons to the lower portion of the sleeve above which is a driver's trade badge. Above the left breast pocket two medal ribbons are fitted including the France and Germany star which denotes that the original wearer fought in North West Europe in 1944 - 45.
Inside the jacket the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It bears the title 'Battle Dress Blouses, 1940 Pattern' below which is the size of 9. The maker's name of 'R. Sutcliffe & Co' is also present as is the date of February 1942 and the War Department broad arrow marking. The is also a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'O' which confirms 1940 as the year of issue.
The trousers are 1940 Pattern (Austerity) examples which most likely date from the early part of 1943 as they still have stamped brass buttons to fasten the fly and inside for braces. The buttons which are visible when worn are chocolate brown coloured vegetable ivory (plastic) examples which are often associated with early manufactured austerity pattern battledress. A map pocket is fitted to the front of the left leg and a First Field Dressing pocket is located to the right hip. Inside the trousers the War Department acceptance stamp is still present and is surmounted by the letter 'N' which denotes 1943 as the year of issue.
The condition of the suit is very good as can be seen in the pictures. The jacket appears free from any damage or flaws and displays very well. The trousers are also very clean with only limited signs of wear and use and they display very well. There are three very small holes with the largest of these being illustrated in picture 18. Please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre worn item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
A very nice original battledress suit with excellent original badges.