Tent Caps

#1
Apart from the Queens Royal Hussars, do any regiments/corps regularly wear these items, or indeed actually own them?

The only time I have ever seen one worn was a rather fetching purple & black one being sported by a Chaplain.

If anyone has any pictures, stick them up.
 
#5
I can only go back a few years, but in my youth, the expression 'tent' referred to the rather dapper gold-embroidered green job worn by the officers of the Queen's Royal Irish Hussars. - but they were an amalgamation, so it probably goes back to one of their predecassors. The pics above show what is, I believe, properly called a 'field service' cap (most emphatically not a forage cap), which has been worn by absolutely everybody at some time or other. A khaki version was the standard issue headdress in the early part of WW2 and even crabs wore and still wear them. Though they referred to them as 'chip bags' in their uncouth way.

The LI certainly had the FS cap - it looked very like the ones shown above for The Rifles.
 
#8
'Chip bag hat'? I'd have thought it was given a far more uncouth nickname than that, as soon as the first one was issued!
 

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#9
The question should be who didn't have them, in the RAC the only regiment that did not was the RTR,
 
#10
'Chip bag hat'? I'd have thought it was given a far more uncouth nickname than that, as soon as the first one was issued!
.... and the name you allude to was certainly in existence in the early 1960's .
 
#11
I daresay! :nod:
 
#12
Do only the Rifles & QRH use them today though? Or is it one of those bizarre dress orders that the Orderley Officer has to wear it on a full moon in months ending in "R"
 
#13
My OC at 5 Royal Anglian used to wear one, and one has been authorised for Mercian Officers, so I assumed lots of regiments and Corps had them.
 
#14
These are Tent Hats-

pointy fore and aft, no ear flaps, no buttons on the front, no vestigial peak, they utterly different in shape and construction from the side hat/field service cap/c##t-cap/Dad's Army cap, which was designed (between WW1 and WW2?) so you could stick it in yr pocket between sessions under a steel helmet, and pull down the earflaps (a la Pte Pike) when it was a bit chilly.

The tent hat (proper title unknown to me) were inherited by QRH from the QRIH (bless 'em, they were a good mob), I have no idea of its origins, nor ever saw them worn by any other cap-badge.
 
#16
These are Tent Hats-

pointy fore and aft, no ear flaps, no buttons on the front, no vestigial peak, they utterly different in shape and construction from the side hat/field service cap/c##t-cap/Dad's Army cap, which was designed (between WW1 and WW2?) so you could stick it in yr pocket between sessions under a steel helmet, and pull down the earflaps (a la Pte Pike) when it was a bit chilly.

The tent hat (proper title unknown to me) were inherited by QRH from the QRIH (bless 'em, they were a good mob), I have no idea of its origins, nor ever saw them worn by any other cap-badge.


Is that the annual QRH Parsley Day parade?
 
#18
And it is my understanding that they are unique in the British Army as the only official head dress to have no regimental badge, crest or cipher. Aside, I suppose, from helmets.
 
#20
At risk of being flamed to a crisp, I've given it some thought, and I think that this


is actually rather smart (less the beehive-shaped insignia and vile colour). I realise that it provides no protection from anything and is therefore useless, but it would be hard to despoil, and would at least fit into a pocket easily. One could easily wear it with a Rakish Tilt, without risking looking like a Total Pillock.

Somewhere on ARRSE there's a photo (taken from Soldier, if you please) of a Rifleman whose beret sweatband obscures his left eyebrow completely and whose cap-badge looks like it's been thrown there by the Pearly King as he rode past on a motorbike. Anyone know the one I mean?

Thoughts? Comments? Vulgar speculation about my chromosomes, parentage and sexuality?
 

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