Great War Other Ranks Uniform Guide
2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment
Established in 2013 for the Centennial of the Great War, The Royal Sussex's 2nd battalion is the primary interpretation for our World War One work. 2nd Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment, went over to France with the first wave of men in the summer of 1914. We focus predominantly on 1914-1916, or when the regiment arrived, up to the Battle of the Somme. Below you will find a basic guideline for a Royal Sussex soldier of that time.
Uniforms and Kit - Other Ranks
Uniforms and Kit - Officers
Officers were responsible for providing their own uniforms. As a result, an infinite number of variations were possible. Different tailors had access to slightly different color materials, some had details others did not, and as such, no two officers were exactly the same. And that was not a problem. What follows here is just a general guideline for what an officer might have, but not necessarily binding any officers to exactly what is laid out here.
Note: as the war progressed, officers often adopted Other Ranks equipment to appear less conspicuous in combat environments.