Military Gear & Army Surplus Gear Blog

First World War Officer's Trenchcoat

First World War Officer's Trenchcoat



half a million trench coats were made at Burberry's factory in Basingstoke during the first world war nearly 100 years on very few have survived gl are not from Hampshire museums couldn't find an original trench coat for their centenary exhibition the great shame is that we don't have one in the collection so south today made an appeal and Susan Hudson from South C got in touch by just looking for this is the Burberry trench coat yes with the check lining and the Burberry label this belonged to my grandfather who was killed by a sniper in October 1917 he was 37 Robert Arthur Hudson was a leftenant colonel in the 8th Yorkshire Regiment at the time my grandmother was pregnant with my father who was born a few months later and the coach was returned and then handed on down to my father but he died over 27 years ago and I only find it again when I was clearing out his house so since then I have kept it and cherished it that's great sentimental value you can tell it's been a well wound garment sometimes it has definitely been still in excellent condition I mean the fabric is absolutely beautiful still I'm sure he could still wear it in the rain today he was in the military from 1900 I have early photographs of him but training camps at the turn of the century and this is one of him in the military uniform it would have been lovely to have known him as a person and for him to have had some presence in my life when I was a child but these at least do remind me that he existed even though the circumstances in his death were were very tragic for the whole family we took Robert Hudson's trench coat to Hampshire Museum's base in Winchester this is an original Burberry World War 1 trench coats has gone by this man Robert Arthur Hudson wonderful thing I'm just completely gobsmacked it's astonishing the trench coats will now join a collection of artifacts being taken out of storage for next year's World War 1 exhibition I have actually managed to find this coat in the Burberry catalogue there it is the military slip-on I think it's the cavalry pattern one you'll see if we undo this one that it's got the hooks that looped over the cavalry man's legs when he was destroyed the horse and of course this coat matches something you already have a nickel absolutely these actually came from the collection at Aldershot Military Museum and they are First World War officers trench boots something that we have that this man would have worn when he was in out in France in the trenches we've got the Land Army uniforms we've got the badges that people bought in the street to support the local hospital but to have something that we know has been out there it's been in the murder Flanders this poor chap died at Ypres fighting for his country and it says such a lot this bowl was given to my father when he was born a gift from six people who were with him at the time of his father's death and there's an inscription on it which is actually very poignant and I have great trouble reading it to Arthur Hudson in affection of memory of your father Bob Hudson our dear comrade a gallant soldier who died for England October the 9th 1917 I think it's actually really important that people do realize what happened and that you know these generations of men their actions have formed our lives today


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *