The photos are just great DoW.
They are nice and clear and show everything that "we" would expect to see on a BD blouse manufacturers label.
Manufactured by......Miller & Gabbe in 1952
"Standard" army sizeing mark, in this case size 11 to fit a soldier of 5ft 9in > 5ft 10in tall with a chest(breast) measurement of 38>39in
This label also, to a large extent, confirms that the captain also stayed in and saw post-war service. (The manufactured date of 1952)
Great BD blouse, I love it. Nice one DoW.
Last edited by jimpy; 11-17-2010 at 12:55 AM. Reason: Spelling/Grammar
Thank-you. Does the 1952 mean that he did not use this uniform during the war? That it was issued post war? I know there used to be a trench coat, kilt and cap but they were dispersed without the uniform to others.
This is one of his post-war BD blouses.
In the first set of photos that you posted, did I see a set of matching trousers on a hanger? If I did, have a look and see if they are also stamped/labelled up, chances are they were purchased/issued at the same time.
I checked the pants, they are stamped 1951. This is great information to have. I was considering what to do with the uniform, as having it in a closet for years and eventually having my children put it in a dumpster because they don't understand it's signifigance, doesn't seem fitting. I wanted to figure out at which point in his service this uniform was used, what it meant etc.. and some details as the thought crossed to donate it to either the KOSB museum or the the Canadian War Time museum.
If you are seriously considering parting with it, I would check with the Canadian War Time Museum first, mainly because it is where you are, however be warned that a lot of stuff that gets donated to museums never gets seen and is put in storage for, in some cases, years! (The email/website address for the KOSB museum is Home - The King’s Own Scottish Borderers The regiment is now part of the Royal Regiment of Scotland so it may be worth dropping them a line, they MAY be able to help you out with further enquiries about the captain or at least maybe point you in some other directions)
Am I right in assuming that this uniform has got family connections to you?
I noticed that there is a sizeable medal ribbon bar on the blouse, do you still have the medals?
My own personal preference would be to, subject to space requirements/cost, put the uniform on a mannequin and on display.
Any medals, paperwork etc, I would be tempted to frame and also put on display.
You should be able to find out his service record and that should give you his length of service, postings, medals entitlement etc. (Unfortunately, I donot know the contact details and how to go about it in Canada, hopefully one of our other Canadian members will be able to help out on that one)
PS: It may also be worth contacting the airborne forces museum in IWM Duxford, England as KOSB came under the airborne forces "umbrella", (as you are aware) www.airborneassault.org.uk
Last edited by jimpy; 11-17-2010 at 02:03 AM. Reason: Addition
Great info, you guys are full of it. Thanks again. Yes, the uniform belonged to my father. You get bits and pieces of info, some of which I had written down, as he didn't like to talk a lot about it. He talked about Arnhem a couple times, another couple stories to my mother etc. Had I been thinking or been more aware at the time, I would have asked a lot more questions. I hadn't thought about the museum and storage.
Yes, there were medals. However, they were destroyed in a house fire. My mother is currently looking for an adresss that someone had given her where you can write in Ottawa and get replacements.
Brilliant, glad to have been of help.
BTW, Ive just done a quick google search, and I suspect that this is what your mum is looking for:
Veterans Affairs Canada
Honours & Awards Section
66 Slater Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1 0PA
web-site...... Veterans Affairs Canada - Anciens Combattants Canada
Last edited by jimpy; 11-17-2010 at 03:16 AM.