Tropical mess waistcoat : Lieutenant G A Hill, Royal Naval Reserve
|Title||Tropical mess waistcoat : Lieutenant G A Hill, Royal Naval Reserve|
|Maker||Gieve, Matthews & Seagrove Ltd (Maker)|
|Place made||United Kingdom|
|Date made||c 1909-1915|
|Physical description||Cotton; Gilded brass|
Naval officer's tropical mess waistcoat. The single breasted low cut waistcoat with a roll collar, is fastened with four gilded brass Royal Navy officer's buttons. There are two small welt pockets set between the line of the second and third buttons. The front of the waistcoat is made from white marcella weave cotton, lined with a fine, plain weave white cotton. The back is made from a double layer of the same plain weave cotton. There are self fabric adjustment straps at the back waist, with a fabric covered button. There is a red woven manufacturer's label inside the back neck, marked in black ink 'G.A.HILL.'.
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.