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Colonel Kenyon’s service dress jacket

Medal ribbons:

  • Commander of the British Empire
  • 1939-1945 Star
  • The Italy Star
  • Defence Medal
  • British War Medal
  • Queen’s Coronation Medal
  • Efficiency Decoration

Colonel Kenyon’s jacket bears Hertfordshire Regiment buttons, Colonel’s shoulder crown and pips and the collar patches denoting a Substantive Colonel.

Service Dress History:
The bright red tunics worn by most British infantry regiments in the 19th century became something of a liability in terms of avoiding the notice of the enemy. During the Indian Mutiny of 1857, many British regiments took to staining their white tropical uniforms with tea leaves in order to camouflage them. Numerous khaki drill uniforms were adopted by units in the field over the turn of the century but the darker khaki standardised Service Dress uniform was not adopted until after the Second South African War.
First publicly displayed in 1902, the new uniform did not become universal issue until the following year for all the regular army serving in Britain. The scarlet, dark blue and rifle green uniforms were retained as “review order” (parade) and “walking out” (off duty wear out of barracks) until 1914. After the First World War, they were reintroduced only for the Brigade of Guards, Household Cavalry, regimental bands and for other limited purposes.

You can discover more about Colonel Kenyon here.

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