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Old 19-05-15, 07:45 PM
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Dear All,

Please can anyone tell me what uniform this chap is wearing?

He is Maj. Anthony 'Andy' Robert Whately-Smith and served as follows:

1940 - Dorset Regt.
At some point - General Staff Officer (GSO3)
1944 - Briefly, Parachute Regiment
1944 - 2nd SAS

I believe his headgear is known as a field service cap. There is a smidge of badge showing. Is it possibly the Army Air Corps, which I think was the umbrella organisation housing the Paras and the SAS for a period during WW2?

Any help gratefully received.

With best wishes,

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Looks like Dorset's.
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Old 19-05-15, 08:11 PM
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Looks like Dorset's.
I agree
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Hi Tom
I would say either the Yorks & Lancs or the Hampshires?
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Old 20-05-15, 12:17 PM
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I'm working off the options given in the first post - could be anyone of a number of regiments if the options are extended from the three mentioned.
The side cap shades it Dorsets I think, as far as |I can make out, but then they'd presumably fit other regiments.
A better quality shot of the buttons may help.
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Old 20-05-15, 12:33 PM
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This picture from a wartime book on FS caps gives the colours of the Dorsets FS cap which seem to fit the shades shown in the photo, as the area just above the dark curtain is a lighter shade.

I'd go for Dorsets

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Old 20-05-15, 01:08 PM
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I would also say Dorset's, also because both the Parachute Regiment & SAS wore the Maroon Beret
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Old 22-05-15, 03:21 PM
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Thank you very much, Leigh, Neil, Simon (once again), Jon and Mike.

Yes, I think you are right to constrain your answers to the possible regiments given. The only other possibility would have been 164th OCTU.

Jon - thank you for your excellent insights regarding the colouring of the FS cap by regiment.

Dorsets it is!
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