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After some hard work, networking and luck i acquired the 166th Nfld Fd Regt RA BD above. I have yet to see it in hand, but i have a rock solid return policy. The facts behind this BD were that it came out of the UK in the 90s through a stamp collector and as was correctly stated it was to a member of the 166th who was posted into the regiment from the UK, not a Newfoundlander. It is apparently British made/labelled, 1943 dated, and named inside to the vet. Originally only his paperwork and Medals were for sale and the first buyer (who only sold it to fund bigger Nfld WW1 purchases)managed to find out about the Tunic and got it as well.
I have done some of my own homework, as i was concerned about the way the rank insignia was mounted so low and confirmed with a vet from the 166th that this is exactly as their BD were badged for functions. The insignia is all hand stitched it appears, the red/blue strip i'm not sure. As said I have to see it in hand yet. So this leads me to believe that this is a leave tunic/coming home tunic, also identical to course or some garrison photos, including the white land-yard. I have found in the mean time another photo of an NCO wearing the rank low like this is the 166th, as well as Tropical rank being worn in a marriage photo.
With regards to No Newfoundland BD or Uniforms making it home more information is coming to light. I was told many years ago by a signaler of the 59th that when they went into Normandy they wore no insignia, and that they had to draw New Uniforms for a 1946 Victory parade. What is unclear is did Individuals come home and keep their Uniforms or did everyone keep their Uniforms. I have wrote the vet I know to ask this again. What I can say for certain is there are photos of Newfoundlanders on their way home during demob passing through Halifax, in full coming home style Uniform. The Uniforms which are in local outport/small town Museums in Newfoundland (Trinity x 2, Greenspond x 1, King cove x 1) are in this fashion, and one even appears to be a Combat Tunic.
These BD were donated only from families in the outports years ago. There was in the mid 80s a 12th Corps badged Newfoundland BD as well in the Murray Premises. I confirmed last week from my aunt that both my uncles came home in their 59th Uniforms, in coming home fashion (Newfoundland over RA, 2nd Army patch, Red/Blue strip, chevrons on the sleeve and rank). I have to check where are these two tunics. My other Uncle came home in his RN Uniform which is apparently still with my aunt, Newfoundland badged. There is a Newfoundland RAF Uniform in my family as well that I could check on, and my Fathers uncle who stayed in the RAF until 1955 came home in Uniform, but this is a different story.
Now what would be the rarest Newfoundland BD? My guess would be Newfoundlanders who served in other units of the British Forces, like the 5 who served in 11 Scottish Commando, the Royal navy Commando, the Chindits etc, all possibly Newfoundland badged?
On the Newfoundland Grandbanks website is a photo of 4 Newfoundlanders of the 166th (one an MM) in Halifax, on the way home. The BD are the same configuration as some in Museums.
As I am not allowed to post links yet for 7 days you will have to wait for the 2 photos, or maybe someone can help and post them. 1 is a clearly combat worn Newfoundland BD and Beret.
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