Original Princess Louise's Kensington Regiment Battledress Uniform
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An original battledress uniform which belonged to a signaller of the Princess Louise's Kensington Regiment consisting of 1943 dated battledress jacket and trousers and rare 1942 dated Indian made field service cap.
The battledress set is Canadian made and the standard pattern produced during the Second World War. It was not uncommon for British units to be supplied with Commonwealth battledress and it was even sought-after by soldiers at the time as it was considered to be of a higher quality. It is made from the correct Canadian khaki green coloured wool serge and features metal buttons throughout. Above the left breast pocket are medal ribbons which denote that the original owner served in the Far East during WW2 as he has the Burma Star. 'Royal Signals' shoulder titles are present to the top of each sleeve and are the pattern introduced in the latter part of the Second World War. Below this on the left sleeve is a flash which denotes the Princess Louise's Kensington Regiment which was part of the Army Phantom Signal Regiment which it joined in 1947 meaning that this badge is quite possibly a slightly later addition.
Inside the jacket the original stamps are also still present including the Canadian War Department broad arrow which is surrounded by a 'C'. The size is stated as 10 and the 1943 date is present.
The trousers are a good match to the jacket and are again Canadian made. They are also made from the same greener Canadian cloth and are fitted with green painted metal buttons. A First Field Dressing pocket is located to the right hip and there is a large map pocket to the front left leg. Slash pockets are located to each side seam and there is a single pocket to the rear. Belt loops are fitted around the waist and tabs are located to the bottom of each leg. Inside the trousers the original stamps are bright and legible and the 1943 is very clear. The maker's name of 'Park Manor Uniform, Toronto' is also present.
The nicest piece of the grouping in my opinion is the rare Indian made field service cap. This is typical of the kind of cap which would have been issued to someone fighting in the Far East during WW2 as they were equipped with a huge amount of Indian made clothing and equipment. Unlike its British counterpart, the skirts of the Indian version do not split at the front but are one continuous piece. It still features buttons but these are only for show and do not function. The cap is fitted with an Indian made Royal Corps of Signals cap badge which is undoubtedly original to the hat. Inside the cap features a simple cotton drill lining. The size of 7 1/4 is stamped directly onto this and there is also a typical Indian date stamp which is circular and bears the date of April 1942.
The set is in good condition on the whole and displays well. The jacket and trousers have suffered from some limited moth damage which is illustrated in the pictures. The cap is in fantastic condition and displays excellently. Please take time to study the pictures as the set does have some flaws.
A very nice original uniform grouping with some great details.