Scottish No 6 Dress Bush Jacket

The run up to Christmas saw the secondhand market in Huddersfield go through one of its periodic ‘dry spell’ for militaria with very little worth picking up. One nice item that did come up to break the monotony however was this British Army No6 Scottish uniform tunic:imageThis light tan uniform, known as a ‘bush jacket’ was for ceremonial wear on parade in the tropics and replaced the old KD cotton uniform used up until the outbreak of World War Two. Being a parade uniform it features staybrite regimental buttons:imageIn this case they are for the Queens Dragoon Guards (I don’t know why these are attached as the regiment shouldn’t have a scottish pattern of jacket). The buttons are secured to the jacket with split rings to allow them to be removed for laundering:imageThe jacket itself has pleated patch pockets on each breast:imageAnd the usual pair of shoulder straps:imageThe most distinctive part of the jacket is the ‘cutaway’ front to allow it to be worn with a kilt:imageTwo metal belt hooks are provided on each side to support a belt in the correct position:imageThese are supported by cloth tabs inside the jacket to help distribute the weight and prevent them from twisting:imageA label is sewn into the back of the jacket identifying the type of uniform, its size ‘4’ and laundering instructions:imageThe label allows us to roughly date the jacket to the 1970s approximately- metric sizes taking over shortly afterwards. The jacket was made by Briggs, Jones & Gibson; a clothing firm with factories in Manchester and Stoke on Trent. The company had been founded just after the turn of the twentieth century and specialised in producing uniforms for bus companies and the military- World War One they had won substantial government contracts to make uniforms for the army- something it was to continue to do for many years to come. It does seem to be pretty hard to find much information on this particular design of jacket, even a search by the NATO number has not brought up any information, so as ever if people can help with further details or photographs of the jacket in use.

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