Jacket, Service Dress, 1913 Pattern: Major (Staff Officer), 7th (City of London) Battalion, The London Regiment
Single-breasted four-pocket jacket of khaki cloth with an open 'stepped' collar. The jacket features worsted cuff rank, being that of a major, and is fitted with regimental pattern buttons. Gorget patches of scarlet cloth are sewn to the collar. Above the left breast pocket are four medal ribbons representing the award of the following: 1914-1915 Star; British War Medal 1914-1920; Victory Medal; Territorial Decoration.
Whilst khaki had been adopted by the British Army as Service Dress from 1902, from 1913 officer's pattern uniform jackets underwent several changes, losing the rather ornate series of 'Austrian knot' style of cuff ranking, and 'stand and fall', or 'Prussian' collars, and replacing them with worsted rank badges enclosed in cuff panels and adopting open, or 'stepped' collars, worn with a shirt and tie. (Although the above is true for most regiments and corps, Brigade of Guards officers never wore cuff rank but always displayed their rank at the shoulder, had non-pleated breast pockets and their buttons grouped in regimental fashion, whilst Scottish regiments wore a jacket with rounded skirts and less-ornate gauntlet-style cuff rank).
This example was worn by a Major Barnes of 7th (City of London) Battalion, The London Regiment, who had served as a Staff Officer during the First World War.