Scarlet doublet : Private A H Ellis, 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers

Accession Number REL/18971.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Brass, Cotton, Superfine wool, Wool twill
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom
Date made April 1888

Scarlet superfine doublet with dark blue stand collar and cuffs. The lower edge of collar, doublet front, cuffs and Inverness skirts are all edged with white piping. Cuffs and skirts are decorated with three rows of twisted white wool braid. The collar has brass and white metal exploding grenade and thistle badges. Each shoulder straps is embroidered with a raised white wool exploding grenade and 'SF' insignia. The body of doublet is lined with coarse white wool twill and the sleeves are lined with a plain weave white cotton. Inside the wearer's left sleeve lining, written in ink, is 'D/335' and a stamp with a bordered 'J'. Two of the skirt panels appear to have the original cream wool twill lining, while all the others have been relined at a later date with open weave white cotton. The lower front flaps of doublet have flat welt pockets lined with linen. The doublet is hand sewn throughout with the exception of some minor repairs to buttonholes. There are brass belt hooks on each side of the waist. Stamped inside right centre front in black paint is 'SF 335 4.88', which implies that the doublet may have been made in April, 1888. The doublet is complete with convex brass British General Service buttons stamped on reverse with either 'SMITH & WRIGHT LIMITED BIRMINGHAM' or 'PLAYER BROS BIRMm'. The left front bears a piece of India General Service medal ribbon stitched around a piece of card and attached to the doublet with a brass safety pin.

History / Summary

335 Pte Albert Henry Ellis served with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Scottish Fusiliers in Burma. He was born at Dana Street, Ballarat in 1854. The Scottish Fusiliers served in Burma between 1885 - 1887 during the 3rd Anglo-Burmese war.