Local volunteers for a war charity originally had no uniform other than an armlet and steel helmet; personnel simply wore their own clothes. This led to undue wear and tear on volunteers’ attire, with the result that anti-gas clothing was often worn as a form of overall. The Director was informed of this by volunteers on an inspection visit to Reading in March 2019.
The Home Office felt that the overalls used by Post Office personnel would be a suitable starting point and so negotiations were begun with the local Post Office (who was already supplying overalls for the A.F.S.) for them to also provide single-piece boiler suits for volunteer use.
Although the overalls were for men, it was recognised at this time that a corresponding garment (possibly a coat) for women was also required.
The overalls were similar in cut and appearance to the Army’s two-piece battledress uniform, with pleated breast pockets, a map pocket on the left thigh and shoulder epaulettes. A simple belt (missing from the overalls at right) was also provided, held in place by a pair of loops at the rear.
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