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    This chap, a private, is shown here wearing a collar and tie, would this be correct with hospital blue uniform. In normal uniform i would expect a tunic with closed collar, only officers wore collar and tie as normal wear, even in the trenches.
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    Hi OKW
    The short answer to your question is yes!

    British soldiers staying in military hospitals or convalscent homes were issued "hospital blues", which basicaly consisted of a white, collar attached shirt, with a red necktie, bright blue serge waistcoat, trousers and jacket.
    These were worn with the soldiers own regimental head-dress, (and greatcoat in inclement weather)
    Often the blue tunic/jacket was dispense with and the normal battledress blouse was worn, thereby enabling any rank, medal ribbons etc to be visible.

    A good reference book for British army uniforms is The World War II Tommy: British Army Uniforms European Theatre 1939-45 In Colour Photographs: by Martin Brayley & Richard Ingram ISBN: 1 86126 190 X

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