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Old 14th July 2008, 12:54
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Royal Navy Uniforms

Maybe a bit off topic, but does anyone know which company makes uniforms for royal navy (specifically officers) apart from gieves, i.e standard issue gear.
Belive they also supply the cruise lines and merchants?
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Old 20th July 2008, 11:27
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In the 50/70s the Navy tailors such as Grieves and Unifits of Portsmouth made uniforms to measure, we would make a monthly payment thro` our pay office and when in port go along and order what gear we required. Ex navy lads , do you remember the blue serge outfit where some of your oppos had to pull it off over your head as it was too tight for you to pull it off youself, then I think they got the idea from the Canadian navy, their uniform had zip openers so we instructed the tailor to fit ours with zips, a lot easier to remove.
Now that we have women wearing the same uniform can anyone answer me on the question of the bell bottoms--do they still have the two button flap for undoing when you visit the heads(toilets) or has that change also?
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Old 20th July 2008, 12:45
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Try Joe Feneck, Union Street, Plymouth. There is also Jack Blair just up from the Victory Gate at Plymouth. Also there a company called Miller, Rayner, Danko and I think they are in Hull.

Regarding the two button flap it would be interesting to know, purely from a position of prurience, what they have done to bell bottoms for the girlies. Inbound expected and well deserved.

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Old 20th July 2008, 13:13
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Hi Ceylon
When I joined in 1960 the two button flap had gone and the trousers simply had a normal zip fly. The tunics were the same as well and had a zip fitted so yanking over your head was thankfully a thing of the past!

Re Pat's posting Miller Rayner are still very active in supplying uniform and are based in Southampton. I think the firm in Hull is or was Bass.

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Old 20th July 2008, 13:24
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Maybe a bit off topic, but does anyone know which company makes uniforms for royal navy (specifically officers) apart from gieves, i.e standard issue gear.
Belive they also supply the cruise lines and merchants?
Bernards naval tailors had some big naval uniform contracts in the fifties and sixties
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Old 20th July 2008, 13:42
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Bernards of Harwich were one time the biggest Naval tailors before the second world war. The main factory being at Harwich. I remember the biggest raid we had at Harwich by German bombers when Bernards was hit and set on fire,some serge was salvaged and most of the kids, myself included were running around in blue serge trousers. Lord Haw Haw gave out his usual propaganda stating that a major munitions factory had been hit thus hampering the British war effort. Bernards had shops all over the world wherever there was a naval base.
I am not sure when they actually went out of business, maybe Peter 4447 can advise us.

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Old 20th July 2008, 15:42
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According to the web the last 46 staff employed by Bernards at Harwich were made redundant as recently as July 2007.
It appears the company could no longer compete with the cheap imports, so even our Armed Forces now wear uniforms made abroad!
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Old 20th July 2008, 16:32
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According to the web the last 46 staff employed by Bernards at Harwich were made redundant as recently as July 2007.
It appears the company could no longer compete with the cheap imports, so even our Armed Forces now wear uniforms made abroad!
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Peter4447,.....i have just read out your posting to my wife ,who in the 50,s was in the cloths retail part of a big store in LIVERPOOL. before i meet her.
And she said "for the armed forces ,there uniforms should be made here for a life time ,what a sad state of affairs.

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Old 20th July 2008, 20:23
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Old 20th July 2008, 23:02
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I think it is Turner Virr and Co Ltd that have the contract to supply to the RN.
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Bernards of Harwich

In July 2007, staff were left devastated when it was announced the company had gone into liquidation.
In total, 46 staff, mainly women, were left without jobs.



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Bernards of Harwich were one time the biggest Naval tailors before the second world war. The main factory being at Harwich. I remember the biggest raid we had at Harwich by German bombers when Bernards was hit and set on fire,some serge was salvaged and most of the kids, myself included were running around in blue serge trousers. Lord Haw Haw gave out his usual propaganda stating that a major munitions factory had been hit thus hampering the British war effort. Bernards had shops all over the world wherever there was a naval base.
I am not sure when they actually went out of business, maybe Peter 4447 can advise us.
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Old 1st November 2015, 13:14
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Used to be known in the fleet as Ali Bernard and his forty robbing barstuards
(referring to his reps' that came aboard usually on pay week) as I remember the sausage skin jumper was far smarter than the ones with a zip and the bells had three buttons on the transverse flaps and four on the horizontal, it meant that you kept your trousers up with no zip abraision when quick action was called for,,,nod, nod, wink, wink










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Old 1st November 2015, 14:26
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I through my time used Gardners (?) and used a Battle Dress, it was de riguer in the Tramp Company I served my time with.
With reference to the Seamans Jersey , worn next to the body, they had a bright green rogues yarn in the hem, it also showed you had the genuine article....

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Old 1st November 2015, 15:38
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With the old sausage skin jumper the first modification for ease of use was to unpick the arm seams on your jersey and go sleeveless , much easier to don and remove said jumper..
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Old 1st November 2015, 21:51
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When I joined the Weather ships I was issued with two blue working shirts ,they were comfortable to wear and made of a good material and I was sorry when I had to hand them back. I came across the same items in the RFA, I believe they were standard issue in the RN.What I found interesting was that they were made by Ladybird who also made children's clothing.
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Old 1st November 2015, 22:12
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Loved going to Bernard's at Harwich for my first uniform for RFA and subsequent top up trips. I used to have an allotment for them and used it all up on my wedding uniform. Bag of fish and chips and sit on Ha'penny pier watching the world go by. Only hated the plastic hat that still doesn't fit, less hair now than then, but it was used mainly for stopping the books in the book shelf from sliding about.
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Old 2nd November 2015, 11:32
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True or not ?,
The Ladybird factory was bombed by IRA and put out of commission and the replacement shirts and trousers were of polyester.
With awful consequences during the Falklands War.

Yours aye,

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Old 2nd November 2015, 23:26
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All,
True or not ?,
The Ladybird factory was bombed by IRA and put out of commission and the replacement shirts and trousers were of polyester.
With awful consequences during the Falklands War.

Yours aye,

slick
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