Jacket, Service Dress, 1913 Pattern: Lieutenant, Somerset Light Infantry
Single-breasted four-pocket jacket of khaki cloth with an open 'stepped' collar. The jacket features worsted cuff rank, being that of a Lieutenant, and is fitted with regimental pattern buttons and bronzed officer’s collar badges. Of note are the cuff ends, edged wth leather.
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 features leather edging to the cuffs, suggesting that the wearer was frugal; and this refinement was a typical practice of those wearing service dress jackets in the field.