Mess jacket : Lieutenant G A Hill, Royal Naval Reserve
|Title||Mess jacket : Lieutenant G A Hill, Royal Naval Reserve|
|Place made||United Kingdom|
|Date made||c 1909-1914|
|Physical description||Superfine wool; Silk; Gilded brass|
Naval officers blue superfine wool mess jacket lined with self fabric, black silk and white cotton. The double breasted jacket has a turn down collar, six button holes in each row (four in the turn of the collar and two below) and three pairs of gilded brass Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) officers buttons. Only the two lower buttons are designed to be fastened. The waist length jacket is slightly gathered over the hips and has a rounded peak behind. There are two small welt pockets set on each side of the front of the jacket, parallel with the second row of buttons. Each sleeve has gold lace rank stripes for a lieutenant in the Royal Australian Navy. This contrasts with the RNR buttons on the jacket.
Gerald Ashby Hill was born at Birmingham, England in 1880. He had already qualified as a master mariner in the Merchant Navy when he was taken on strength in the Royal Naval Reserve as a sub-lieutenant in 1909.