First World War Uniforms

Lives, Logistics, and Legacy in British Army Uniform Production 1914–1918

Catherine Price-Rowe

Date Published :
May 2018
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Modern Conflict Archaeology
Illustration :
80 illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473833890
Pages : 232
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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View any image of a Tommy and his uniform becomes an assumed item, few would consider where and how that uniform was made. Over 5 million men served on the Western Front, they all required clothing. From August 1914 to March 1919, across all theaters of operations, over 28 million pairs of trousers and c.360 million yards of various cloth was manufactured.

Worn by men of all ranks the uniform created an identity for the fighting forces, distinguished friend from foe, gave the enlisted man respect, a sense of unity whilst at the same time stripping away his identity, turning a civilian into a soldier. Men lived, worked, slept, fought and died in their uniform.

Using the authors great-grandfather's war service as a backdrop, this book will uncover the textile industries and home front call to arms, the supply chain, salvage and repair workshops in France, and how soldiers maintained their uniform on the front line.

Items of a soldiers uniform can become a way to remember and are often cherished by families, creating a tangible physical link with the past, but the durability of cloth to withstand time can create an important legacy. The fallen are still discovered today and remnants of uniform can help to identify them, at the very least the color of cloth or type of hob nail can give the individual his nationality allowing them to be given a final resting place.

About The Author

Catherine is a fourth-generation dressmaker with a City and Guilds qualification in design, pattern drafting and garment construction, establishing her own bespoke dressmaking business in 2000\. Combining a life long passion for history, family history and historical fashion led to her becoming a member of The Garrison Artillery Volunteers. Thus, beginning the interest in First and Second World War uniforms and fashion. Engaging with the public, Catherine regularly attends events around Britain with displays on Make do and Mend, Finding the Missing, Uniform Production and Women at War.


“Initially, I was a bit surprised when I received this book as I’d anticipated something quite different. However, when I started the read I became more interested in how the British textile industry and defense establishment evolved to supply five million men serving on the Western Front with their clothing.”


"This book is recommended for those with an interest in the history of quartermaster and supply functions during wartime and to those who are deeply interested in the BEF."

- Argunners

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