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Alastair Wilson
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    By Alastair Wilson
    The September 1914 Uniform Regulations (back of the Navy List, corrected to 18 August 1914) give the following details:”Undress Coat” (Paraphrase) “Blue cloth . . . the length to be sufficient to cover the hips” (i.e, what was known as the ‘reefer jacket’) “double-breasted with five holes and buttons to match on each side, to button four . . .”, etc. The text continues “Midshipmen will wear on each side of the collar a white turnback of 2 inches with a notched hole of white twist, 1¾ inches long and corresponding button” (ie, the traditional Midshipman’s white patch). There is no mention of cuff buttons.
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    For what was known as “The Jacket” (sometimes referred to as “the round jacket”, which was worn by Midshipmen as Full Dress, or Mess Dress, or Mess Undress, the specifications are (again, I am summarising): “Blue cloth, single-breasted, with seven buttons: three notched holes of black twist on each cuff with buttons to correspond” The regulations go on to say tha it has a stand-up collar with the white Midhshipman’s patch as described above.