HC Deb 26 June 1919 vol 117 cc351-2W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware of the desire on the part of the Royal Marines that a new cap of a totally different pattern should be issued to them bearing in mind the fact that the one which they at present wear is of German design; and whether he is prepared to direct that at the earliest possible moment the suggested alteration may be carried out?


The existing field service cap worn by the non-commissioned officers and men of the Royal Marines was introduced in 1903. It is not of German design, but was copied from the bluejacket's cap, the absence of a peak enabling it to be easily stowed away when embarked. It is known that, since the War, its similarity to the German cap has made it unpopular. The whole question of the kit of the Royal Marines is now under consideration, and the question of a suitable pattern cap will be dealt with at the same time.