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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:46 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Bryan wrote:
Ben, very interesting stuff! There is a very good description somewhere ( I'm supposed to be working so no access to my books) of a type of heavy linen smock supplied to cooks to cover their clothes. Like a baggy heavy shirt long at the back and front made of Russia Linen. Some were made so that they could be also worn backwards so you could soil both sides before having to wash it.

In my extreme enthusiasm I made up two of those along with the aprons but for some strange reason they still lie in pristine condition in our kitchen linen bag. Can't understand why??


Court martial regarding the 3rd Royal Veteran Battalion on service at Jersey referred to three soldiers forced to purchase a 'smock-frock' each at seven shillings and nine pence.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Complaining of the '...adoption of White Linen Pantaloons in great numbers of regiments of Infantry and Militia..."

WO 123/135 p311 1809

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rob Henderson cites (but does not quote) this 1809 circular in his article on breeches and trousers "Elegance or Comfort: Breeches and Trousers in the British Army, 1803-1815" on the War of 1812 website (http://www.warof1812.ca/trousers.htm#_edn21).  Nice to see the original.  He refers to a number of other cases that document the increasing popularity of white linen trousers in the period.  I especially like the case of the Royal Scots wearing white trousers for their inspection parade in Quebec, September 1812.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Following from an account of the 35th Foot clearing out flea infested bedding after taking over the fortifications from the French garrison at Corfu in 1814.

'the men gradually stripping off their linen fatigue jackets and shirts to get rid of their tormentors'

Fighting Napoleon, The Recollections of John Hildebrand 35th Foot in the Mediterranean and waterloo Campaigns.

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Frontline Books, 2016
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Came across these in a drill manual:



From 'Military Instructions including each particular motion of the Manual and Platoon exercises elucidated in very minute drawings '  David Roberts Lieutenant and Acting Adjutant 1st Regt of Life Guards.
published by Egerton 1798.

I think they are rather good - and show another variation of an undress coat.
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Both occupation prints: the first by Vernet on ASK Brown; the second, I think, from Bibliotheque Nationale de France.  
The first image I took to be a bandsman but he is clearly wearing a bayonet - is his white coat merely undress?  Looks too elaborate??  But then I found the other image 'Eccosais blanc' which must depict Highlanders in their white forage coats - that or the artist didn't colour in the red? Both images appear to be the 79th.


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