Hi everybody, here are some uniforms from my collection showing what convalescent British servicemen wore in hospital during WW2. Wounded soldiers were issued with a coarse, blue woolen uniform. WW1 and early WW2 uniforms have white facings, which was dropped from the jacket soon after the war began. If leaving the hospital, soldiers wore their service greatcoat with a blue armband.
This uniform was not flattering and very unpopular.
The Jacket is of civillian cut, unlined and worn with a white shirt and red tie. Regular service headgear was worn with the uniform. The jacket was plain and did not display rank insignia, badges, medal ribbons etc.
It was also issued with a matching waistcoat. This Jacket is marked with the broad arrow and dated 42.
The regulation trousers were designed to be worn with braces and tie up with an integral white belt. This pair are undated but marked with the broad arrow and the War Department mark.
Finally there is the dressing gown, which would have been worn over pyjamas. This example is dated 1945 and is the only item to retain the white facings seen of earlier hospital uniforms.