Woodland pattern Battle Dress Uniform trousers : Corporal T W J Lupton, Royal Australian Regiment

Accession Number REL31608.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Cotton, Elastic, Metal, Nylon, Plastic
Maker Clifford Industries, Inc.
Place made United States of America
Date made c 1970s
Conflict Period 1970-1979
Period 1980-1989

United States Forces 'Woodland' type of Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) trousers with button up fly. There is a small metal and elasticised fabric tab for adjusting the width of the trousers on each hip. On the right hip pocket is a small stain. On the inside rear of the trousers is a green manufacturers tag which has the size of the trousers being 'Medium-Regular' and a NATO Stock Number of '8415-01-984-1713'. On the inside right rear pocket of the trousers is a green manufacturers tag with washing instructions and other information. All buttons on the trousers are olive green plastic.

History / Summary

Known to American service personnel as 'BDU's' or more officially as the 'Battle Dress Uniform' this distinctive pattern camouflage uniform was introduced into the United States Armed Forces after the Vietnam War. Adopted widely around the world by other nations, this pattern camouflage was replaced in US Service by Digital Pattern Camouflage Uniforms (DPCU) from 2003. Many sets of these uniforms were swapped between US and Australian personnel on deployments and during training activities between the 1980s and 2002.

These trousers was worn by 213548 Lance Corporal Thomas William John Lupton during the 1980s. Born on 28 March 1943, Lupton served in South Vietnam with 13 Platoon, C Company, 1 Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) from 5 June 1965 to 3 June 1966. He later served nine years in the Australian Regular Army. He retired from the Army with the rank of corporal with 2RAR.