AND NAVAL HISTORY: UNIFORMS
By Mark Dennis
talk about Brompton without the forces so this section is
for anyone who has items relating to them. Were starting
with the help of local militaria collectors who have things
owned by people who served here.
Dress of a Lieutenant Colonel of Royal Engineers c. 1930s
uniform is almost unchanged from the 1850s when it was introduced.
The headgear altered to a helmet in the 1880s and the busby
was reintroduced between the world wars. The uniform of the
Royal Signals was based on this with a difference in the belts
and the colour of the collar and cuffs. We dont know
whose this was, but the owner tells me that he got the jacket
during a big sale just before the RE museum moved to its new
site. (They wouldnt do that now of course!)
Greet was the first Captain of Chatham Dockyard
after a career of thirty six years.
Here he is as a captain
a Rear Admiral just before retiring. Here is his full dress
uniform (above left) at the Captains House at Chatham Dockyard.
The Captain of the Dockyards House was built c 1895 and
is a Scheduled Ancient Monument & Grade II listed building.
It was built as the residence of the Admiral Superintendents
staff captain. In 1905 the post was renamed Captain of the Dockyard
and assumed the additional responsibility of Deputy Superintendent
of the yard.
Admiral Thomas Greet died in 1947 in Richmond