Battledress blouse: Lt Col LEWIS, Royal Engineers, 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by deejay, Sep 28, 2020.

  1. deejay

    deejay Junior Member

    Steve,
    Could you provide a link so I can order this record?
    You are right: this is the only way I can be sure this was J W Lewis's BD blouse.
     
  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Request records of deceased service personnel

    Good luck.
    You'll need a death certificate & wait months.
     
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  3. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    As Chris mentioned above based on the TD this must date to later than 1950, considering the changes 50 Div went through late 44-through 45 when I believe it was largely stripped to provide reinforcements to other units - along with post- War buggering about with units I'd say its unlikely he would have been with the Division from 1944 to post 1950.
     
  4. deejay

    deejay Junior Member

    As the medal ribbon is in between a France and Germany Star ribbon and a War Medal 1939-1945 ribbon, it is bound to be a Defense Medal, whatever its colours may be.
     
  5. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Agreed.

    If awarded Africa Star would go between 39-45 Star and France & Germany Star.
     
  6. deejay

    deejay Junior Member

    Yes, I have also contemplated the idea that 50th Division might have been Lt Col Lewis's final assignment, at the very end of the 1940s, which would be quite logical.
     
  7. deejay

    deejay Junior Member

    At any rate, this BD blouse (if authentic!) cannot be later than 1953, because of the Tudor crown on the shoulder straps.
     
  8. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    Not necessarily, the change in Monarch didn't immediately change the stock of crowns in stores, if already fitted I'm not sure how urgently men were made to change them
     
  9. deejay

    deejay Junior Member

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    The question I would like to ask is whether the actual use of Canadian battledresses (or should I write battle dresses?) by British officers has ever been reported before D-Day?
     

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