Blouse, Battledress, 1949 Pattern: Major, Army Cadet Force (Royal Welch Fusiliers)
Single-breasted Battledress blouse of khaki serge, fly-fronted, with open 'stepped' collar and pleated breast pockets (exposed button closure). Fitted to the collar is a matching pair of bronzed officer-quality regimental pattern collar badges (RWF) and to the back of the collar the traditional black flash of the former 23rd Foot, being five lengths of black fabric. Cuffs feature decorative pleats. Cloth worsted rank Crowns are sewn to the epaulettes, being embroidered on red (infantry) backing. To the upper sleeves are sewn two-piece cloth machine-embroidered shoulder titles, being 'ROYAL WELCH FUSILIERS' above, 'A.C.F.', white letters on a red field. Beneath these are diamond-shaped formation patches, comprising a red winged dragon rampant on a blue field. Above the left breast pocket are three medal ribbons representing the award of: Defence Medal; 1939-1945 War Medal; General Service Medal 1918-1962.
This battledress blouse was worn by Major Ivor Williams, an Army Cadet Force Padre. Born in 1917, Williams joined the Army, was commissioned, and assigned to the War Office during the Second World War and posted later to Northern Ireland in 1945. He then served in Kenya and in Egypt before being deployed to Cyprus on active service as Adjutant and Families Officer, surviving an EOKA terrorist ambush. Leaving the Army in 1956 he trained to become a vicar, and maintained his interest in the military by becoming Padre to the local ACF.
A portrait of Williams is held, showing him as a Second Lieutenant wearing Service Dress.
SIZE No. 9
HEIGHT 5'7" to 5'8"
BREAST 39" to 40"
WAIST 34" to 35"
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