WW1 Uniform


First World War Kit List:  Basic clothing & Equipment:  The Royal Field Artillery, Home Service & the Western Front.


Officers:

The basic Active Service uniform was a combination of the Officers '02 Pattern Service Dress & Breeches, all of superior cut & quality to the OR's uniform. In 1914 it consisted of the following:

  • '02 Service Dress Cap, with the RA Gun/Crown/Cipher bronze badge & brass RA buttons.
  • '02 Service Dress Jacket, with RA buttons, RA bronze Collar Dogs & RFA brass shoulder titles, with all rank displayed in cloth badges on the sleeve cuffs (edged & scalloped at the closure, with herring-bone pattern khaki tape).
  • Breeches, Bedford Cord with Braces
  • Khaki Shirt & Tie
  • Field Boots (Knee length brown leather) or
  • Ankle Boots (brown leather) & Puttees (wrapped from knee to ankle)
  • Sam Brown Belt, Spurs & Gloves, brown leather

Other clothing / equipment consisted of:

  • Remainder of the Sam Brown rig with 'closed' type holster & ammunition pouch but no sword frog
  • Binoculars & brown leather case
  • Cavalry Pattern Water Bottle & harness
  • Map Case
  • Whistle & lanyard
  • Walking Stick

Other Ranks:

The basic Active Service uniform was a combination of the '02 Pattern Serge Service Dress & Cord Breeches.  In 1914 it consisted of the following:

  • Service Dress Cap (The 'stiff cap' with a shallow rounded {not slashed!} peak) with the RA Gun/Crown/Cipher brass badge & GS buttons.
  • Khaki '02 Service Dress Tunic, with GS buttons & RFA brass shoulder titles.
  • Breeches, Khaki Bedford Cord with Braces & '02 pattern Waist Belt
  • Puttees (wrapped from knee to ankle)
  • Boots (brown leather, without toe-cap & dubbined black)
  • '02 Pattern 50 Round Bandolier (worn L/H shoulder to R/H hip)
  • White Lanyard (worn L/H shoulder)

Other clothing / equipment consisted of:

  • Shirt, Grey Flannel
  • Clasp Knife (early pattern) & lanyard
  • Spurs (worn by all Drivers & some OR Gunners & all NCOs)
  • '08 Pattern Water Bottle & 'cavalry' type harness