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Help - Uniform ID Please


Hi there - can anybody help me with identifying this uniform.... and could the number on the reverse be a service number?

Thanks in anticipation...Naval Uniform Front.jpgNaval Uniform Back.jpg


War Hero
Super Moderator
Looks like a very bleached collar on an RN uniform, the number isn't an official number but maybe a ships book number.


Thanks WreckerL - is there any way of cross referring the book number to get the name of the ship/sailor?


Book Reviewer
Standard collar. Photo number could also be the photographers reference, I don't think that there will be any way to trace it back.


War Hero
Super Moderator
The part of the collar with the 3 stripes is sewn on separately if memory serves so if the collar has been bleached the part with the stripes on wouldn't fade the same. It would give the impression of having two dark stripes whereas it's the material between the white stripes, if that makes sense.

Many matelots scrubbed and bleached the collar to make it fade, to give the wearer the appearance of an old hand, a practice that was illegal, same as cutting the collar.
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Oops.... I see it now, apologies and thanks for the clarification - I guess I'll never know who he is/was.


War Hero
Super Moderator
Is this the 'modern' white front collar set up, bit different back in the day.
That looks like a 40s/50s photo so not modern, white fronts haven't changed since the 40's so he's just wearing a badly fitting one.


War Hero
Super Moderator
Only difference is the white tapes that should hold it in place have been cut off.
I cut the cross piece at the front of the collar off but not the tapes, all change now as the collar is attached to the jacket by velcro.

Chris P

Lantern Swinger
That looks like a 40s/50s photo so not modern, white fronts haven't changed since the 40's so he's just wearing a badly fitting one.
No, I was refering to Janners pic with it on a hangar not the original pic posted by the OP. :rolleyes:


War Hero
It was stuck in my Dad’s prison camp logbook along with some others and I’m trying to find out who it may be. The uniform is therefor pre- 1945

Could he have been someone who was in the prison camp with your Dad at the same time?

Where was the prison camp?


Could he have been someone who was in the prison camp with your Dad at the same time?

Where was the prison camp?
Yes he would have been - it was with other POW names and addresses.
The camp was STALAG XB Sandbostel... and then Marlag und Milag Nord.
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