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A Battledress blouse with just a name inside.

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    Default A Battledress blouse with just a name inside.

    Hi Guys, I was given this battledress blouse many years ago. It was devoid of any insignia having had them stripped off. The blouse is Commonwealth made. But the label is too faded out to read. Overall the quality is not great to be honest.

    But it did have a name inked to the inside pocket. (See pic)

    I got to thinking that maybe this Officer might be re-searchable, as his name is not a common one? With the help of a friend and the Royal Artillery Museum I got to find out about this officer. It turned out that Major Lapage served in the Far East and was decorated for bravery being awarded the Military Cross!

    Here is the research:

    LAPAGE, Peter Reginald. War Substantive Captain. (97460)

    2nd Lt 24/08/1939
    War Substantive Lt 01/03/1941
    Temporary Capt 16/07/1941
    Capt 02/10/1945 (Honorary Major)
    Military Cross 02/08/1945 Burma while serving in 102nd Light Regiment West

    Recommended for Immediate award of the Military Cross

    102nd Light Regiment West Africa Artillery, 2nd (West Africa) Infantry Brigade, 82nd (West Africa) Division, 15th Indian Corps. Date of recommendation 14th February 1945.

    ARAKAN. At 0730 hrs, on Feb 6th 1945, Capt Lapage (acting as Artillery F.O.O., with one SNCO) was left with one section of 'B' Coy 1 GCR at hill feature 100 (511677) to act as a firm base for a patrol which had gone forward to recce the village of KANI. Soon after a party of heavily armed enemy, approx 30 - 40 strong, whose arms included one Anti Tank rifle, one MG, three LMGs, rifles and Mills grenades, attacked the firm base. The attack was put in with great determination and supported with accurate fire from all the weapons mentioned.

    The firm base was disposed in an "all round" position, and the main weight of the attack fell on Captain Lapage's sector where he, his Senior NCO and four Africans, including one Bren gunner, were posted. The attack continued for from 45 minuets to one hour, the repeatedly charging the position, to be driven off by the two Sten guns of Captain Lapage and his SNCO and the Bren gun of the African section.

    In between attacks, extremely heavy and accurate fire was directed on the position. After half and hour of these attacks, when four of the section were wounded, and ammunition was running low, the SNCO (an experienced infantry man) advised Captain Lapage to withdraw. This he refused to do and, by his utter disregard for personal danger, and his exemplary leadership, he so inspired the personnel of his very small post that they not only inflicted heavy casualties, estimated at ten to fifteen dead or seriously wounded, on an immediate superior force of the enemy, but also drove off in disorder Westwards, where they fell into the hands of 'B' Company 1 GCR and were finally destroyed. It is estimated that only two of this enemy force escaped alive and unwounded.

    Had not Captain Lapage acted as he did his party would, undoubtedly, have been destroyed and also the enemy, he put to flight, would have been enabled to take up a position to harass and delay the main column which was advancing on KANI.

    Signed B. H. Hazelton OC 1st Bn, The Gold Coast Regt., R.W.A.F.F.
    14 Feb 45

    Signed A. T. Wilson-Brand Brig Comd 2 (WA) Inf Bde

    Signed H. C. Stockwell DSO Maj-Gen Comd 82 (WA) Div
    4 April

    Recommended for D.S.O.



    Signed A. F. P. Christison Lt-Gen Comd XV Ind Corps
    Apr 45
    MC Approved


    I have since restored the blouse with a pair of Royal Artillery shoulder titles and hopefully I will be adding the rank insignia and medal ribbon soon.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Hello Ade,

    First post since Gary alerted me to this forum.

    Wonderful to hear this story. Always great to hear how a piece of history can be researched and preserved. Please post pics of the restored BD when you’re done.

    Cheers,
    Tony

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    Hi Tony, welcome to the forum!

    I will certainly post an update. The shoulder titles I have put in place are a nice private purchase pair with a nice amount of wear which matches the blouse quite well.

    It is funny how once an item is researched it changes your perception of it. From being a stripped blouse with not a great deal of interest to me, this has now become a favourite one!

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Did some sewing last night I will hopefully get a more worn and better matching Major's crown at some point but at least we are heading in the right direction.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Lookin' good Ade. Little by little returning to its former glory!

    Cheers,
    Tony

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    Bumping this old thread up as I think Jerry and Rob might find it of interest after Jerry's BD investigations. And RA is Rob's thing

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Quote by Adrian Stevenson View Post
    Bumping this old thread up as I think Jerry and Rob might find it of interest after Jerry's BD investigations. And RA is Rob's thing

    Cheers, Ade.
    Thanks for bumping this Ade. With my new found knowledge, it looks to be Australian made

    A good bit of detective work on the former owner, very cool.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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