Aertex bush jacket : Private D Furness, 1 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment

Place Asia: Malaya
Accession Number REL34381
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Cotton, Cotton 'Aertex', Plastic
Maker CWS Ltd
Place made United Kingdom
Date made 1952

British Army issue jungle green Aertex long sleeved safari bush jacket. The jacket is fastened by four brown plastic buttons, with no provision for a fastening at the collar. The same style of brown plastic button is also used on the breast pockets, shoulder straps and cuffs. The sleeves have been rolled up to the elbow and starched to form a permanent short sleeve. Below the shoulder on the right hand sleeve is an embroidered 28 Commonwealth Brigade patch, featuring the Queen's crown and the word 'COMMONWEALTH' on a light and dark blue background. A red cotton lanyard is threaded over the right shoulder and secured at the pocket. The left hand upper sleeve has an embroidered 'AUSTRALIAN MILITARY FORCES' Rising Sun badge in gold, red and black cotton on an olive green background. The two breast patch pockets are pleated and have button flap closures. The waist pockets are unpleated have large unsecured flaps. An external belt forms an integral part of the back of the jacket, but the loose ends have been cut off at the side seams. A green cotton label stitched under the right hand waist pocket reads: 'JACKET BUSH (SCC.15) GREEN 1950 PATTERN Size No. 7' Below this are further size details, the manufacturer's marking 'C.W.S.', the date '1952' and '[broad arrow symbol]'.

History / Summary

Worn by Private D Furness, 1 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (RAR). Private Furness served with 1RAR in Malaya during 1960-1961. Operating as part of the 28th Commonwealth Brigade, 1RAR conducted operations in the 'Black Zone' on the Malay -Thailand border aimed at suppressing continued CT (Communist Terrorists) activity in the region.