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1890 Uniform Regulations

As transcribed by By J. David Perkins

As promulgated in the October, 1892, edition of the Navy List.

Uniform Regulations for Petty Officers, Men and Boys of the Fleet

Admiralty, 30th September 1890

The Officers, Men and Boys of Her Majesty’s Fleet and in the Royal Marines, shall wear such Uniform as the Admiralty shall, in pursuance of Her Majesty’s pleasure, from time to time direct. (Chap. 11. S. XV Art. 105 of the Queen’s Regulations and Admiralty Instructions).

1.   The Patterns of Uniforms as shown in these regulations are to be strictly adhered to, and no deviations ever allowed.

2.   Material for Clothing— The only material for clothing &c., recognized for wear by the men is that received through the Victualling Yards. None of an inferior quality to it, or deviating from it in the least degree, either as regards pattern or colour is to be worn and is not to count as part of a man’s kit should he provide himself with such. This applies to equally to all made-up articles of clothing—Hats, Jerseys, Boots &c.

Uniform of Chief Petty Officers [class I.]

Dress

3.   Long Jacket— Blue cloth, double breasted, with stand and fall collar; four gilt uniform buttons and button holes to correspond, on each side; three buttons show the fourth button being under the lapel, in which one button hole is worked, the lowest button to be in line with the top of the pocket. A pocket on either side fitted with a flap, the upper edge to be in line with the hip. The length of the jacket is to be an inch below the fork.

4.   Sleeve—Chief Engine-room Artificers only will wear three buttons on the cuff. All others to have an opening at the cuff with two small gilt buttons.

NOTE— Chief Petty Officers who obtained the rating before 31st October, 1890, and who wear frock coats under the previous Regulations, may continue to wear them, but the badges ordered herein are to be worn on the collar.

5.   White Tunic— For wear in hot climates, when Officers wear them. To be of white drill, single breasted, with stand-up collar 11/4 inches deep, rounded in front, hook and eye at neck, and four gilt buttons equidistant, arranged as defined in working dress, an opening at the bottom of each side seam 5 inches long. A patch pocket without flap on each breast. Gold badge (removable) to be worn on right cuff, three inches from end.

6.   Waistcoat— Blue cloth, single breasted, with no collar, the opening to be from 3 to 4 inches, six gilt buttons.

7.   Trousers—Blue cloth or white duck, made with a fly.

8.   Cap— Blue cloth, to be of the established pattern and of the following dimensions, &c:

(a).    The diameter of the crown to be two inches larger than the diameter of the band.

(b).    The quartering to be 1 ½ inches in height, a piping being worked between it and the crown.

(c).    The band to be 1 ½ inches in depth, a piping being worked at a quarter of an inch from the lower edge to keep the mohair band in place.

(d).    The band is to be stiffened by two and a quarter inches of stiffening canvas. The quarterings being partly supported by a single thickness of serge or some such material, so that the crown may lie nearly flat on the band.

(e).    A plain band of mohair one inch and a quarter wide to be worn over the head of the cap.

(f).    The peak to be made of black patent leather, showing about 1 ¾-inches at the centre and inclined down from the band at an angle of about 45 degrees.

(g).    The badge, worn over the mohair band, is to be a crown and anchor, the latter encircled by two rows of narrow plain embroidery. For the military branch, the device is to be embroidered in gold and silver, the anchor being silver; for the civil branch the whole device to be in gold.

(h).    Engine Room Artificers to ground of badge a purple cloth.

9.   Cap Cover— The be of drill, made slightly larger than the cap itself to prevent puckering it; the quarterings to be one and half inches in height, and the band one and a quarter inches deep. The mohair band and device to be worn outside the cap cover.

10.   Shirt— White

11.   Collar— White, turned down.

12   Necktie—Black silk, one inch wide, to be tied in a bow.

13.   Buttons— To be gilt, raised, seven-eighths of an inch in diameter, with a plain round rim and within an anchor and cable surmounted by a crown; the small buttons to be nine-sixteenths of an inch in diameter.

14.   The Master-at-Arms will on dress occasions wear a Frock Coat of the following pattern and a sword of the pattern worn by Gunner.

(a).   Coat—Blue frock, single breasted, fall down collar, four uniform gilt buttons on the front at equal distances apart, the upper button being 5-inches below the seam of the collar; the bottom button on the seam of the skirt, skirt of the coat to be 3-inches above the knee.

Working Dress

15.   Long Jacket—Of serge or duck; single breasted, with stand and fall collar, with four buttons equidistant, the upper button being three inches from the collar seam, a hook and eye being fitted at the seam to enable the collar to be closed when a shirt is not worn as in the Tropics. The collar being two inches deep at the point tapering to 1½ inches at the back. The lowest button to be in line with the pockets which are to be fitted with flaps the upper edge of the pocket being in line with the hip, and the length of the jacket to be one inch below the fork. Cuffs of the serge jacket to be as in 4(a). [sic—should be "as in 4"]
Red badges are to be worn on serge, blue on duck.

16.   Waistcoat— Blue serge, of the same pattern as dress.

17.   Trousers—Blue serge or duck, of same pattern as dress.

18.   Shirts— Blue check.

19.   Collars— Blue check, turned down.

20.   Handkerchief— Black silk, made of half a service Silk Handkerchief, cut diagonally across, tied in a sailors knot. [Presumably this is a neck-handkerchief]

Monkey Jacket

21.   Monkey Jacket— To be the same pattern as the long jacket, but sufficiently loose to be worn as an overcoat, as which alone it is to be worn. It is to be made of thick blue cloth similar to that supplied through the Victualling Yards.

NOTE—In cold weather white knitted gloves and blue comforter may be worn.

Waterproof

21A.   Waterproof—To be the same as that worn by Officers but without the cape. [To be the shape and colour (dark blue) of the Admiralty pattern]. In rough weather tarpaulin suits of the pattern approved for seamen (See Art. 47) may be worn.

Badges

22.   Badges— Chief Petty Officers will not wear badges to indicate their rating, which is denoted by their wearing gilt buttons.

(a.)   Badges indicative of special qualifications or duties are to be worn by them on each side of the collar of the long jacket &c. as described under the heading of Badges. (See Articles 5 and 97)

(b.)   Chief Petty Officers will not wear their good conduct badges.

(c.)   Engine Room Artificers will wear no badges

Kit of Chief Petty Officer [Class I.]

23. 1 Monkey jacket, thick cloth of Admiralty pattern
  1 Long jacket, double-breasted, cloth, for dress.
  1 ditto   single breasted, serge. Working dress
  2 ditto   ditto   duck. Working dress
  2 Tunics, drill
  1 Waistcoat, cloth
  1    ditto   serge
  2 Trousers, cloth
  1 Trousers, serge
  4 Trousers, duck
  2 Caps, cloth
  2 Cap covers, white
(a.) 1 Helmet, same pattern as Officers, except the pugaree which is to be blue
  4 Flannels (short sleeve, round neck, flannel shirt)
  2 Pairs of drawers, woollen material
  2 Cholera belts
  2 White shirts and 6 collars
  4 Blue check shirts and 6 collars
pairs of socks
pairs of boots
Bed, 1 blanket, 2 bed covers.
Optional 1 Waterproof coat, Sou’wester and leggings
  1 Pair of shoes of uniform pattern
(a.) If ordered by the Commander-in-Chief

Uniform Of Petty Officers And Men
Dressed as Seamen [Class II.]

24.   Petty Officers of the 1st and 2nd Class — Seamen — Artificers — Stokers — Boys and sll other Ratings not Specially Provided for.

25.   The Regulation kit for Petty Officers and others above-mentioned (Class II), is as follows and is to be strictly adhered to.

Kit

  1 Monkey jacket
  1 Jersey
¤ 2 Cloth trousers
  2 Serge trousers
¤ 2 Serge frocks
  2 Serge jumpers
  2 Drill frocks with collars
2 Duck jumpers with collars and bound
4 Pairs of duck trousers
3 Working jumpers
¤ 2 Check shirts
3 Flannels
¤ 2 Pairs woollen drawers
  2 Cholera belts
  3 Collars
  2 Pairs of socks
  1 Comforter
  2 Neck handkerchiefs
  1 Hat
  1 Hat cover
  2 Caps
  2 Cap covers
  2 Cap ribbons
  2 Towels
  1 Type [wooden block with letters for stamping name in kit]
  1 Pair of boots
  1 Knife and 2 lanyards
  1 Bed, 1 blanket, 2 Bed covers
  1 Duck bag [Kit bag]
  1 Comb
  1 Clothes brush
  1 Scrubbing brush
  1 Ditty box
  1 Soap bag
  2
1
Blacking brushes
Box blacking
in Duck bag
  24 Clothes stops
Optional 1 Waterproof coat, Sou’wester, and leggings
  1 Pair of shoes, uniform pattern
  1 Cap box

(a.)   On foreign stations, the articles marked ¤ can be reduced by half, and those marked † increased if necessary, at the discretion of the Commanding Officer.

(b.)   The monkey jackets and jerseys so long as they are in sufficiently good to be worn in an emergency, are not to be renewed on foreign stations unless ordered by the Commander-in-Chief.

(c.)   Excepting when men’s kits are being completed in anticipation of early draft, monkey jackets, jerseys and comforters are not to be issued in Home Ports between the 1st of April and 1st November.

26.   Monkey Jackets— Which are to be considered as overcoats to be worn as protection against inclemency of the weather and not as ordinary dress, are to be of the same pattern as Chief Petty Officer’s cloth, double-breasted long jacket but loose enough to enable them to be worn easily over a serge frock, jersey &c. They are to be made of thick cloth of the quality supplied through the Victualling Yards and lined with serge. No badges, except those denoting rating, embroidered in red, are to be worn on these jackets.

27.   Jerseys— Are to be of blue worsted, close knitted, without pattern, with a collar one inch deep and long sleeves; front and back alike.

28.   Trousers— Are to be made with a flap, the width across the knee is to be 9 to 10 inches and at the foot 10 to 11 inches, but the measurement across the knee is always to be one inch less than at the foot: they are to be fitted with a waist band the tightness of which is to be regulated by lacing in the back, which is to be tied in a bow at the upper holes, the ends being 4 inches. The lacing is to be of the following materials:—

For cloth trousers    1 3/16 inch black silk ribbon
For serge trousers   1 inch blue worsted tape
For white trousers   1 inch white tape

Trousers will be made of the following material, to be worn as directed, viz:—
No. 1 blue cloth, serge, and duck; a specially thick serge being supplied for wear in cold climates.

29.   Blue Frock— To be made of serge of the same pattern as the white frock except the blue jean collar and wristbands, the outline of which, however, be the same; with two buttons at the cuff.

30   White Frock— To be made of drill, with collar and wristbands of blue jean, the collar having a border of three rows of 3/16 of an inch white tape, 1/8 of an inch apart, and the wristbands to be peaked with two rows of white tape along the upper margin, and one along the lower, with one white-metal dead-eye button at each of the wrists.

31   Jumper— Of serge or duck; to extend 3 inches below the hip; with a knife pocket on the left breast, placed as shewn in the pattern, 3 inches wide and 5 inches deep. White jumpers to be bound round the bottoms and ends of sleeves with blue jean ½ inch wide, which is to be stitched on. Collars to be same pattern as those of the frocks.

32.   Working Jumper— To be of duck, with a plain single duck collar and not bound.

33.   Blue Frocks and Jumpers— Are to be made of serge, of a thick quality in England and for cold climates, and of a thinner quality in hot climates.

34.   Shirt— Check, without collar, and with short sleeves as shewn in pattern.

35.   Flannels— Are to be made of materials supplied through the Victualling Yards, and of patterns shewn in sketch hereafter.

36.   Drawers— Are to be made of a woollen material, the pattern or colour being optional

37.   Cholera Belts— Are to be made of a double layer of flannel.

38.   Collars— Of the pattern approved and shewn herein are to be worn.

39.   Socks and Stockings—Are to be blue, of the approved pattern.

40.   Hat—To be made of white sennet, with oval crown three inches high ; brim to be straight, 3 ½ inches wide, inclined upwards 1 ½ inches, and bound with ¾ inch black braid; sides of crown to be lined with flannel, hat to be moderately stiffened, and weight not to exceed 9 ozs.

A chin stay of one inch blue worsted tape to be attached to the hat.

NOTE:—Hats are originally stiffened by being washed over with a solution of "Best No. 1 Gelatine" (about one oz of which is used for each hat), and then blocked and ironed over.

When hats get limp and out of shape they can easily be stiffened and brought back to their proper shape by similar treatment. For this purpose a hat block will be supplied to each ship.

41.   Hat Covers— To be of white drill or calico — made to fit closely round the crown, and to completely enclose the hat, the opening being tied closely so as to exclude dirt.

42   Caps— Caps worn by seamen &c. of the Fleet are to be of the established pattern. They are to be of blue cloth and of the following dimensions, &c.

(a.)   The diameter of the crown is to be two inches larger than the band. The quatering to be 1 ½ inches in height, a piping (or welt) being worked between it and the crown.

(b.)   The band to be 1 ½ inches in depth, a piping being worked at a ½ inch from the lower edge to keep the cap ribbon in place.

(c.)   The lining to be of blue jean, or of some such material, the crown being stiffened by an inter-lining of a single thickness of duck.

(d.)   The band to be stiffened by 2 ¼ inches of stiffening canvas of the approved pattern.

(e.)   The quarterings to be partially supported by a single thickness of serge, so that the crown will lie nearly flat on the head.

(f.)   These dimensions being followed, the name on the cap ribbon should be always visible.

(g.)   All caps to have a chin stay of blue worsted braid, one inch in width.

43.   Cap Covers— Cap covers to be made of duck — the crown &c. being slightly larger than the cap itself to prevent puckering it. The quarterings to be 1-½ inches in height, and the band 1½ inches deep — the cap ribbon being worn over the band of the cap cover.

44.   Cap Ribbons— To be of black silk ribbon, 1 1/8 inches broad, 45 inches long; the name of the ship, &c. to be embroidered in gold in letters ½ inch deep, according to sealed Admiralty pattern.

45.   Boots— Of the approved pattern, may be worn on board or in boats; or on leave in hot climates.

46.   Shoes— Of the approved pattern, may be worn aboard or in boats; or on leave, in hot climates.

47.   Waterproof Clothing—

Waterproof clothing for general service Coat Double-breasted, reaching to midway between knee and foot, five buttons on each side, stand and fall collar, flap to button across throat, to be painted dead black, leather bound
Optional – but if worn to be of the approved uniform pattern Hat
Leggings
Dead black Sou’wester
Dead black

(a.)

For torpedo boats and training ships Jacket and leggings of approved pattern are supplied by Government

48.   Buttons— The crown and anchor buttons of the same pattern as worn by officers, except that the crown and anchor is surrounded by a plain rim, are to be worn by all ratings of Petty Officers and men (except domestics) on their monkey and long jackets and waistcoats. Those worn by Chief petty Officers being gilt, and those worn by all other ratings being of horn, black on cloth or serge, white on duck or drill.

(a.)   Size of Buttons 1 1/8 inch for monkey jackets
  7/8 inch for long jackets and frock coats
  9/16 for waistcoats

(b.)   Domestics are to wear plain ivory buttons with raised rim, of the approved pattern, instead of the crown and anchor button.

(c.)   Buttons on serge frocks and serge and cloth trousers are to be of stained bone, and those on white frocks and trousers are to be of white-metal and dead-eye pattern.

49.   Dress Regulations for Ships’ Companies—(See separate table)

Notes to Dress Regulations for Ships’ Companies

(1.)   By collars, is to be understood the detached blue jean collar.

(2.)   Neck handkerchiefs are always to be worn except when employed in coaling and refitting. They are to be tied behind, under the collar the bight in front to be confined by the strings, which having been first tied together are to be tied tightly in a bow over the handkerchief leaving a bight of about 3 inches long, the handkerchief should thus be firmly secured to the frock or jumper.

(3.)   Knife lanyards with knives attached, are to be worn by all men wearing seaman’s dress.

(4.)   Caps are always to be worn, excepting as follows;

(5.)   Hats are to be worn (a) during the summer season, weather permitting, with blue clothing; on occasions of ceremony, and on Sundays board ship and in barracks as ordered by the Senior Officer present. (b) Always with No. 6 dress. (c) At any time for protection against the sun, if ordered by the Senior Officer present. Hats are not to be worn at sea unless specially ordered as a protection against the sun.

(6.)   Cap Covers are always to be worn when any white clothing is worn, and always with white working dress; they may also be worn with blue clothing if considered necessary as a protection against the sun.

(7.)   Ribbons on hats and caps are to be worn with the name straight in front and tied with a bow over the ear, the ends being ends being 3 and 4 inches long respectively-the shorter end being in front.

(8.)   Jerseys are to be worn with blue clothing, and with white working rig during cold weather as regulated by the Senior Officer present. [In England, when once commenced, their use should be continued to about the beginning of April.]

(9.)   Comforters are only to be worn in exceptionally cold and raw weather, and during night watches ¤; during the daytime they are only to be worn when specially ordered,–or by individuals, temporarily, on the Medical Officer’s recommendation:— They are to be worn as follows—One turn around the neck and a half hitch and the ends tucked in inside the frock.
¤ In these circumstances blue worsted gloves or mitts may also be worn.

(10.)   Monkey Jackets are to be worn by men on duty or on leave in cold or wet weather as ordered. During daytime, except when raining, the blue jean collar is to be worn outside. Petty Officers and Leading Seaman and equivalent ratings are to wear their badge of rating embroidered in red on their monkey jackets. No other badges are to be worn.

(11.)   All frocks and jumpers are to be cut down ten inches from the collar. the strings being eight inches long; and on no account is any deviation from this to be permitted.

(12.)   Boots or shoes are to be worn when men are in blue clothing except when decks are wet, and in hot weather.

(13.)   No boots or shoes but those of a strictly uniform pattern are allowed to be worn by anyone either on shore or on board

49. Dress Regulations for Ships’ Companies

In England and in Temperate climates Occasions on which to be worn Hot climates

Dress No.

Petty Officers and men dressed as Seamen, Class II

Dress No.

Petty Officers and men dressed as Seamen, Class II

1

Serge frocks, with gold badges, collar and cloth trousers (Mustering suit)

At Inspections, Musters, Ceremonial occasions and on Sundays in harbour

6

White drill frocks and duck trousers

2

Serge frocks, with red badges, collars, and cloth trousers

On leave on weekdays and on Sundays at sea

7

Duck (bound) jumper with collar and duck trousers, or (as No. 8 dress) as ordered

3

Serge jumper and trousers and collar

On working days, for all ordinary duties –i.e., usual drill, boat and other ordinary work.

8

Serge jumper and trousers
4 Serge jumper and trousers For night clothing and in wet weather. 4 Serge jumper and trousers

5

White working jumper and duck trousers–check shirt and woollen drawers are to be worn in cold or wet weather–and jerseys, if being worn or specially ordered.

By working parties, when coaling, refitting, general cleaning of ship and other extra-ordinary duties when better clothing would be spoiled

9

White working jumper and duck trousers
Note.–The dress to be worn by Classes I and III, will be regulated so as to correspond with that being worn by the officers and with reference to the work they are engaged in.

In hot climates, serge jumpers and collars, are to be worn by men on leave between sunset and 8 a.m.

See Notes to Dress regulations for Ships’ Companies above.
Vide Adm. Inst.
Art 1196
Guards and sentries will dress as herein directed unless otherwise specially ordered.

Guards of Honour–No. 1 or No. 6 dress according to climate. Rifles

Ordinary Guards–No. 2 or No. 7 dress according to climate. Rifles or side arms, helmets or forage caps as ordered.

Uniform of Petty Officers and Men not Dressed as Seamen (Class III)

(A.)   Ship’s Corporals 1st and 2nd Class—sick Berth Steward and Attendant—Second and Third Writer and Boy Writer — ship’s, Steward’s Assistant and Boy.

Skilled Artificers, i.e.

New Scale Old Scale
Carpenter’s Mate
Leading Shipwright
Shipwright
Skilled Carpenter’s Mate
Skilled Shipwright

50.   To wear the same uniform as the Chief Petty Officer except in regard to the buttons which are to be of horn, and the device on the cap to be a crown and anchor embroidered in red.

51.   (B.) MUSICIAN— To wear the same uniform as above except that the dress long jacket is to be single breasted and the device on the cap to be embroidered in white, the same as ordered for bandsmen.

Kit of Class III

52.   The kit of Class III is to be the same as that of Class I, with certain exceptions herein specially named, and with the addition of the following articles as in kit of Class II;—

1 Comforter
2 Towels
1 Type
1 Duck bag
1 Comb
1 Clothes brush
1 Scrubbing brush
1 Ditty box
1 Soap bag
2 Blacking brushes In duck bag
1 Box of blacking
24 Clothes stops

Optional:–

1 Waterproof coat, Sou’wester and leggings.
1 Pair of shoes – uniform pattern

(A.)   Except for Ship’s Corporals and Artificers monkey jackets are optional, but they are the only overcoats allowed to be worn by Class III, except under Article. 58.

(B.)   Ship’s Cooks (not Being Chief Petty Officers) and Ship’s Cook’s Mates.

53.   To wear the same as above, except that the dress long jacket is to be of cloth, single breasted, of the same pattern as the working long jacket of Class I. (See Article 15)

(a.)   No badge is to be worn on cap.

54.   Working Dress— Ship’s Cooks are to wear for working dress the white working long jacket, and a white cap of the pattern of a seaman’s cap cover.

(b.)   Ship’s Cook’s Mates, the same but instead of a jacket a duck working jumper with a turn down collar, 5 inches deep, tied about 6 inches below the collar; handkerchiefs not to be worn with this dress.

(C.)   Domestics

55.   To wear the same as above, except that the "Dress" long jacket is to be single-breasted of the same pattern as the working long jacket, and made of blue tartan cloth.

(a.)   The buttons are to be of ivory, plain with raised rim of the approved pattern, black or white according to clothing.

(b.)   No badges are to be worn on cap.

56.   Working Dress— A single breasted round jacket and waistcoat, of blue, striped cotton material of the approved pattern, with five plain mother of pearl buttons on each; the waistcoat to be made without a collar, and open four inches.

57.   When attending table, Domestics may wear either of the above mention uniforms, or black evening clothes; at the discretion of the Officers.

Note–In hot climates white jackets may be allowed.

58.   The wearing, or not, of uniform on ordinary occasions by First Class domestics is left to the discretion of the Officers who engage them, but they are to wear it at Musters and Inspections.

59.   Officer’s Cooks, and Cook’s Assistants are to wear for working dress as laid down for Ship’s Cooks and Ship’s Cook’s Mates in Articles 54 and 54 (a).

60.   The kit of Domestics to be the same as that laid down for Chief Petty Officers with the exceptions above named.

Badges

85.   All Petty Officers and Men are to wear the badge denoting Rating, and Good Conduct and indicative of Special Qualifications and Duties to which they are entitled, as hereinafter described:–

86.   Badges denoting rating are to be worn on the right arm and those denoting Special Qualifications or Duties on the left arm, midway between the shoulder and elbow, excepting Chief Petty Officers (Class I) see Art. 22.

87.   The crown is the emblem of Authority, is common with all Petty Officer’s and Instructors Badges and the Police badges.

88   All Petty Officers, Seamen or marines who are temporarily employed on Police or Patrol duties are to wear the police Badge on the left cuff, whilst actually on duty.

Badges of Rating

89.   The following are the Badges of Rating:–

(a.)   First Class petty Officers, cross anchors surmounted by a crown.

(b.)   Second Class petty Officers, an anchor surmounted by a crown.

(c.)   Leading Seaman and Shipwright, an anchor.

Good Conduct Badges &c.

90.   Good Conduct Badges are to be worn on the left arm immediately below the Badge of Rating, and to be of the following dimensions, viz:– ½ inch deep, 5 inches across.

To be hemmed to a cloth and drill foundation respectively with black thread.

91.   Watch Stripes—To be half inch blue jean and red braid respectively; upon the outer part of the sleeve, at the junction of the sleeve and the body, 12 inches in length; blue on white frocks and jumpers, red on blue frocks and jumpers. Starboard watch to wear stripes on the right arm, port watch on the left.

(a.)   these stripes to be hemmed onto a foundation of cloth or drill; the edges of which are to be quite plain, and not to project more than one-sixteenth of an inch.

92.   Badges, Material—All badges worn on cloth and best serge frocks are to be embroidered in gold, those on serge in red worsted, and those on white in blue cotton.

93.   Badges, Gold. Wearing of—No man whose rating is not equivalent to, or superior to, that of Able Seaman is to wear a Gold Badge.

Distinguishing Badges

94.   Distinguishing Badges — General Remarks — A star above the badge in every case indicates a man of superior qualifications, and another star below denotes that this man has passed for and is performing certain specific qualifications.

95.   So as not to necessitate all badges being changed when a special qualification is altered, in all cases except that of a signalman who has passed for the highest grade. The lower stars being liable to alteration are independent of badges and capable of being sewn on or removed as necessary. Stars are supplied separately for this purpose. Spare crowns are also supplied separately, so that in case of a man rated "Instructor" the badge already in his possession can be altered.

96.   In sketches of badges, gun superior indicates a Gunnery Rating. Torpedo superior indicates a Torpedo Rating. The gun, or rifle, when worn, is always to point away from the body.

97.   The following is a descriptive list of badges indicative of specialist qualifications or duties, viz:–

*Gunnery Instructor–Cross gun and torpedo, star and crown above If also "Captain of Turret" a star is to be worn below in addition.
*Gunnery Instructor (not having been through the torpedo course)–Badge of the S.G. 1st Class with crown above
 
*S.G.T.–Cross Gun and Torpedo, star above If also "Captain of Turret" a star is to be worn below in addition.
*S.G. 1st Class–Gun, star above
*S.G. 2nd Class and Acting S.G.
*Torpedo Instructor–Cross torpedo and gun, star and crown above
*Leading Torpedo Man–Cross torpedo and gun, star above
   Note–A coxswain of Torpedo boat is to wear a star below also
Signalling Instructor Cross flags, star and crown above, star below
*Qualified Signalman–if passed for highest grades:
Cross flags, star above and below
*Qualified Signalman–Cross flags, star above
†Signalman and Signal Boy–Cross flags
†Good Shooting badges 1st Class–Cross rifles, star above To be worn by all marksmen just above right cuff
2nd Class – Cross rifles
3rd Class – Single rifle
†Gymnastic Instructor–Cross clubs, crown above: to be worn immediately below distinction badge on right arm; if Chief petty Officer, to be worn above right cuff.
*Chief Stoker Propeller, star above
*Stoker Mechanic
†Leading Stoker–(not being a Stoker Mechanic)–Stoker–Stoker 2nd Class–Propeller
*Chief and other Torpedo Artificers–Torpedo, cross axe and hammer, star above
*Chief and other Armourers–Gun, cross axe and hammer, star above.
†Armourer’s Mates and Crews–Gun, cross axe and hammer.
*Blacksmith Cross axe and hammer, with star above
*Plumber
*Painter, 1st Class
*All Chief and other Carpenter’s Mates, and Skilled Shipwrights of whatever rating
†All other Artificers–Cross hammer and axe
‡Chief Petty Officer, Seaman Class, not being S.G.–Anchor and cable
*Naval Police–Crown between letters N.P.
†Schoolmaster Star, gold on cloth
†Ship’s steward
†Ship’s Steward’s Assistant
†Ship Steward’s Boy
†All Writers
 
†Ship’s Cooks Star, silver on cloth
†Ship’s Cooks Mates
 
†Sick Berth Staff Red cross on white ground in gold circle on cloth; red worsted cross on white cloth in red circle on serge; red cotton cross in blue circle on drill ground on white. To be worn on right arm by all ratings
 
* Are made and issued in large size for wearing on arm and in small size for wear by Chief Petty Officers.
† Are made in large size only.
‡ Is made in small size only

Note—The material on which badges are embroidered is to be cut as follows:

For Chief Petty Officers–To the shape of the collar.
For others–To be made with half an inch margin clear of the device: the upper corners to be rounded: to be hemmed on, with black thread on blue, white thread on white.

© Dave Perkins

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