Undress jacket : Rear Admiral J C T Glossop, Royal Navy
ID numberREL/00111.001
Collection typeHeraldry
TitleUndress jacket : Rear Admiral J C T Glossop, Royal Navy
Object typeUniform
MakerMoore, Scantlebury & Coote
Place madeUnited Kingdom: England
Date madec 1913
Physical description
  • Cotton twill
  • Gilded brass
  • Polished cotton
  • Superfine wool
DescriptionOfficer's black lightweight wool twill undress or 'monkey' jacket. The double breasted jacket has turn back lapels, two rows of four gilded brass RN officer's buttons, made by Jennens & Co, London, an inset welt pocket on the left breast, two inset welt pockets over each hip, and short vents in each side seam. Each cuff bears gold lace rank insignia for a rear admiral. Three rows of medals ribbons are sewn above the left breast pocket for: Order of the Bath,1914-15 Star, British War Medal 1914-1920, Victory Medal 1914-1918, Japanese Order of the Rising Sun and French Legion d'Honneur. The body of the jacket is lined with black polished cotton and the sleeves with cream cotton twill. There is an inset pocket in the left front lining which bears a tailor's label for 'MOORE, SCANTLEBURY & COOTE, 47 CONDUIT STREET, LONDON W AND THE HARD, PORTSMOUTH' with a handwritten 'Capt. J. C. T. Glossop' beneath it.
SummaryWorn by Rear Admiral John Collings Taswell Glossop, Royal Navy. Born in England in 1871, Glossop served as a midshipmen in Samoan waters in the corvette HMS Calliope in 1888 and made his first visit to Australia in the flagship of the Australia Squadron, HMS Orlando. He served as a navigator lieutenant in HMS Royalist, again in Australian waters, in 1896, and in the corvette HMS Royalist during the 'Samoan troubles' of 1899. His later service included a posting as commander in the battleship HMS Hood. In June 1911 Glossop was promoted to captain and on 26 June 1913 was lent to the Royal Australian Navy and appointed to command the newly commissioned Chatham class light cruiser HMAS Sydney.

In 1914 the Sydney participated in the capture of Rabaul from the Germans before being sent as an escort to the first convoy of Australian troops being sent to Egypt. Under Glossop's command, Sydney diverted away from the convoy and defeated and beached the German raider SMS Emden off the Cocos-Keeling Islands on 9 November 1914.

In 1915 the Sydney was sent to protect British colonies in the West Indies and in 1916 transferred to the North Sea patrolling to intercept German merchant shipping and submarines. Glossop left the ship in the February 1917 and returned to take up the position of Captain-in-Charge of Naval Establishments in Sydney. While there he married Ethel McPhillamy in January 1918.

Glossop returned to England in 1920, was promoted to rear admiral on 21 November 1921, and retired the next day. He died in December 1934.