Double-breasted jacket of blue cloth featuring a wide open collar, four decorative button holes to each lapel, three decorative buttons to each breast, front closing of two conjoined buttons directly below the lapels, horizontal slash pocket either side of the waist and fittings for removable epaulettes to the shoulders. All buttons are gilt Royal Navy Officer pattern (King's Crown).
To each cuff is the rank lace of Captain, being four stripes of gold with the uppermost stripe curled.
As stipulated by the 1945 Royal Navy Uniform Regulations, the Officer's Blue Mess Jacket could be worn with No. 2 Ball Dress (with epaulettes), No. 2A Ball Dress (without epaulettes), No. 6 Mess Dress and No. 7 Mess Undress. In September 1939, all but No. 7 Dress were suspended by Admiralty Fleet Order (AFO) 2605 for the duration of the war.
John Anthony William Tothill DSC joined the Royal Navy in 1926 as an Acting Sub Lieutenant. Shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War he was Commander of HMS Janus (F 53), which saw active service in the North Sea and the Mediterranean, the latter of which primarily involved convoy duties. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in August 1941 for his role in the sinking of an Italian convoy and its escorts between Sicily and Tripoli in April of the same year. In July 1941 HMS Janus was hit by French destroyers Guepard and Valmy off the coast of Sidon, Lebanon, killing all on the bridge but Tothill. It is not clear what he did until January 1945, when he was made Acting Captain of HMS Ranee (D 03). He retired in August 1956.
Admiral Sir Hugh Henry Darby Tothill KCB KCMG KCVO, his father, served in the Royal Navy during the late 1800's and early 1900's. During the First World War he commanded the HMS Conqueror, including at the Battle of Jutland, and after the war served as Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station.