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Fred, nice items. I don't remember seeing them when I visited you.

This photo shows some of my WAC(I) insignia.
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The cap is a repro with repro badge. The shoulder titles are two different patterns of originals. The top two badges are both originals, with loops. The bottom right badge is suspected repro with loops, the bottom left is a repro with pin fastener.

And this WAC(I) photo is Sue at the Chiltern Open Air Museum.
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What buttons are on the side cap may I ask?

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Sophie, the buttons are Indian Army GRI cypher of George VI pattern.


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Right, thank you. I am afraid it is all a bit new to me, I have done the reading up on the service but not on the uniform.
The Uniform I am getting, is actually an actual SD in barrathea type material but is made in India. Is this correct?

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sfpenny1925 wrote:
The Uniform I am getting, is actually an actual SD in barrathea type material but is made in India. Is this correct? Sophie


To be honoust, I don't know, but I think I've seen the uniform you are talking about. I don't know the sellers name, but is it the guy that normally wears a US civil war-style leather cap full with pins and badges ?

If we are talking about the same uniform/seller, that uniform is totally hand made (NO machine stitching!!) That could indicate that is has been made in India. It has brass GS-buttons and the WAC(I) type lanyard and titles. There is no trace of a makers-label inside. Skirt and Tunic only, no cap ??

I've seen this uniform at Stoneleigh last january, but decided not to buy it (GBP200-250 pricemark?) as I wanted to spend my money on something else. Later I realised the full-hand-stitching and came to conclusion it could be an original WAC(I) uniform. But why it would be in barathea I don't know, I can only guess that the original owner (an Anglo-Indian women?) might have been posted back to the UK and had a barathea uniform made ??? I can't tell and finding detailled information (images) is very difficult.

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I've seen years ago a ATS-cap in KD material witch didn't look like a repro. But I NEVER saw an original photo of one being worn. Untill some weeks ago when I found a group photo of some WAC(I) girls........
Have a look some post back, and you can spot some being worn.

Finding info about WAC(B) (BURMESE WAC-members) is even more difficult.



More info later, have to go back to work :roll:

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Authorised jackets and skirts for WAC(I) were serge winter and KD summer.

The authorised cap for WAC(I) was an FS cap in KD.

Authorised buttons were the GVI Indian Army buttons in gilt.

Fred; Did you mean WAS(B) not WAC(B)?


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Fred, thats the uniform. I have got that on its way to me :D
I will put some photos on here when I receive it.

Thank you again for the wonderful info, thats an enormous help. I must admit, the KD GS Caps were always passed off as repro...I didn't think they were ever worn, and they weren't by the ATS but at least know, I know who did wear them. I am guessing it would have been Anglo-Indian Officers who did?

Fred, for WAS(B), see the book Chinthe Women. Its fairly detailed but not the best of sources, due to it being written by family relatives...if you know what I mean.

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Reccegeorge wrote:
Fred; Did you mean WAS(B) not WAC(B)?


Yep, WAS(B)....... typing error :oops:

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Sophie and Fred.

The info I have on WAC(I) uniforms states that barathea was an officers option for summer wear.

Hope this is of interest.

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Hi George,

Thanks for that. Could you recommend any books for WAC(I) at all?

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Sophie,

No books that I can recommend for WAC(I), my info originated from contact with veterans.


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Ok, thanks for that George

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