Anytime... I could be wrong mind lol.. Cheers Terry.
Yes Jerry you are spot there..he would have had to pass some sort of para training first..ie completed his 6 or 8 jumps whatever it is now days..So he would have done them some time prior & then been pressed gang into doing this course at Brize...Cheers Terry.
yeh jerry I'll go take one when I get up off my butt and go for a smoke and a coffee in 5
just to muddy the water, there was a Stephen Abbott, commissioned 2 Lt, as a direct entry officer in the RE, 15th August 1967.
My eye's arn't the best but I'm pretty sure the tag say 2 LIEUT S. ABBOTT. R. E. although as I said my eye's are not good . So then what has happened to this mess dress then has it been messed with ?
Alright, Im going to throw another suggestion into the mix.
There appears to be a conundrum over the "holes" in the shoulder straps. Are they for rank pips? Im not so sure.
Regimental/Corps insignia is very often worn in metal form on shoulder straps, therefore as a suggestion, rather than the holes being for a set of rank pips, I would suggest that they are actually for a missing set of, in this case, Corps, designations, ie: The letters RE, usually in brass/yellow metal!
This would also clear up the query of, is this a messed with Mess Dress jacket? Personal opinion, I dont think so!
Just my 2pennorth boys.
It might not have holes in the SB's I only assumed there was as it was said to be for a 2nd Lt. Also officers mess dress might have bullion stars anyway, though the only one I have has metal stars.
Whatever its just an opinion.
Those holes would be for shoulder/Rgt titles not for rank, another point not yet raised, is that this Snco may have purchased this jacket from his 2nd Lieutenant, either being an unworn one , as there are no rank holes or stitching,or a spare
Not unknown for these to be bought second hand. They are expensive to purchase.
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