Re: Re[2]: [MV] Beltring/Uniforms

Davan Winch (
Thu, 14 Oct 1999 23:36:46 +0100

It is illegal to wear the uniforms as well - under certain circumstances.

They are all Crown Copyright. Re-enactors are able to wear them under the
'public performance' clause, provided that they are not brought into
disrepute etc!!

(I'm not up on the exact wording - it's a few years since I studied this).
Additionally it is a crime under the armed forces act to impersonate a
member of the forces (yet alone an Officer). So when people ask me about my
uniform I always say that I am wear the uniform of ... or I am portraying an
Officer ...

Living History people know we tread a fine line and cringe when we see
others using it as fancy dress for the beer tent!

However, despite everything people have said about Beltring, I think that
this years was the best policed by IMPS since I started going. A pity such a
long shadow fell on the Friday night.

----- Original Message -----
From: Richard Notton <>
To: James Burrill <>; <>;
Sent: 14 October 1999 22:45
Subject: Re: Re[2]: [MV] Beltring/Uniforms

> -----Original Message-----
> From: James Burrill <>
> To: <>;
> <>
> Date: 14 October 1999 22:04
> Subject: Re[2]: [MV] Beltring/Uniforms
> > Ribbons and medals....I think it is appropriate to wear campaign
> > ribbons that your soldier might have worn "back then". I am 45 years
> > old. If I was a career soldier in 1940 at aged 45, what earlier
> > campaigns would I have likely seen? I probably would have served
> > during WWI and entitled to medals from the Great War. Maybe
> > would have been worn by a middle aged OR still serving the colours
> > 1940.
> >
> Well, trade badges as Jim suggests are perhaps appropriate in the correct
> with a display vehicle but the answer to un-entitled ribbons and medals in
> UK is easy.
> Its illegal.
> You MAY wear ribbons and the miniature mess medals won by a deceased
parent, on
> the _right hand side_ of a jacket at appropriate functions, usually
> services. I took the easy route, all the mil effects of Major. H. M.
Notton TD
> (REME) was donated appropriately to the REME Museum at Arborfield.
> Richard
> (Southampton UK)
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