Moustaches in the Andrew

#1
Can anyone tell me when King's or Queen's regulation forbade the wearing of a moustache in the RN? I was watching an episode of Foyles War the other day were an officer was sporting a moustache which seemed odd; if it had been an American movie I could have accepted this as simple ineptitude but this is British made.
 
#2
I seem to remember something in QR's with regards to Stewards or Chefs being allowed in certain circumstances, I'm sure somebody will confim or deny?
(We were looking for the old pony tail dit, before the village people jokes come out)
 
#4
'Taches were fairly popular up until Queen Victoria saw the full sets worn by the Russian Navy.

Been odd occasions when the we were allowed to grow them in the Andrew were allowed, but these were exceptional usually on long stints at sea like the Beira Patrol !!
Managed a fairly decent one, but could never get the full set to bloom for some reason :(

Tried to grow one after I left, but the ex didn't like me looking like a Mexican Bandit !
 
#5
From the RN website (link):

Covey Crump said:
"Wearing of Moustaches"

Article 1105 of the Queens Regulations and Admiralty Instructions forbids the wearing of moustaches without beards by officers and men of the Royal Navy. Naval reservists of the RFR and RNSR are permitted to continue to wear their moustaches while performing their short periods of naval training (RFR seven days every other year: RNSR twenty days each year) but not when called up for service.

Royal Marines may wear moustaches, but not beards except in extreme climatic conditions or for medical reasons.
This has applied since 1870 by the look of it. See here.
 
#6
I remember one particular sneaky on the Courageous we had a moustache growing competition.
During the judging you had to say a bit about yourself and who your hero was and why.
Everything had to be translated for the septic exchange officer.
I didn't join in 'cos I were but a lad, but if memory serves it was won by the Jimmy who had not only managed an excellant Mexican but had made a sombrero out of masking tape and had a pussers counterpane for a poncho.
 

pugfrom83

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#7
Streaky said:
I think you'll find that it's only women that are allowed a moustache, but don't quote me on that, I was wrong once.
During training Divisions at RALEIGH in early 80's.

A New and exceptionally keen POGI was inspecting the WRNS division. His voice boomed across the parade ground.

"Are you attatched to a Royal Marine unit young lady"

"No PO, I am in basic training"

"In that case, get rid of that moustache".

That particular GI was never seen again at RALEIGH while I was still there.
 

sgtpepperband

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#8
When I was on HMS Bristol we had the only rating permitted by Fleet to grow a moustache; Wtr Sam S*** (was FAA Field Gun Grew in '87) was attacked by two squaddies in Gibraltar, resulting in them biting a portion out of his top lip! As it left an unsightly scar, he was allowed to grow the dead caterpillar until he was able to receive cosmetic surgery to repair the damage...
 

pugfrom83

Lantern Swinger
#10
sgtpepperband said:
When I was on HMS Bristol we had the only rating permitted by Fleet to grow a moustache; Wtr Sam S*** (was FAA Field Gun Grew in '87) was attacked by two squaddies in Gibraltar, resulting in them biting a portion out of his top lip! As it left an unsightly scar, he was allowed to grow the dead caterpillar until he was able to receive cosmetic surgery to repair the damage...
I served with Sam on more than one occasion. Didn't know about that though. If he's had cosmetic surgery he deserves his money back. !!
 

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#12
pugfrom83 said:
...I served with Sam on more than one occasion. Didn't know about that though. If he's had cosmetic surgery he deserves his money back. !!
I think the Field Gun runs did more damage to his good looks than those two RGJs... 8O :D

To be fair, the 'tache his it quite well, and the damaged lip healed quite nicely. I did not meet him again after this time, but I assume he had to "shave off" in due course...
 
#15
Remember when I was a kid in Guzz in the 50s, there were a lot of matelots with waxed moustaches with their full set: after I joined up, only ever met one, who only waxed his tache for runs ashore. Do they still exist ?
 
#16
Passed-over_Loggie said:
Daily Mail said:
Fashions change and the moustache has recently made a comeback as a symbol of male homosexual virility
Who writes this bollox?
Not like me to agree with the Hate Mail, but there is a huge element of truth there. As I frequently remind my bootneck drinking oppo, 'tache's these days are indicative of men who are light on their feet, not to mention good with colours.

Pastel colours that is, not the rank.

Oh, and yes, I do frequently get a slap for my comments, but it's worth it.
 
#20
I was always told one member of the ships company could have a Van Dyke. There was a chippy on the Bulwark in '75 who had one with waxed 'tache. There's a phot of him in the commissioning book.
 
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