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The Uniforms Must Fit

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Thomas Jenkins
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Liverpool to Bombay
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17 August 2005

This story has been submitted to the Peoples War website by Radio Cambridgeshire Action Desk on behalf of Mr Jenkins. Mr Jenkins fully understands the sites terms and conditions.

The troopship Almanzora made its stately way from Liverpool towards Bombay with three thousand men abroad.

When we reached warmer lattitudes they took away our battledress and gave us khaki-drill uniforms instead.

Now those were the days when young men thought it was important to be neat and smartly dressed; girls would not be seen with a scruffy chap. A soldier would press his uniform, polish his boots, blanco his belt and shine his brass just to sit in the camp's wet canteen all the evening.

So one solider who had been a tailor in civvy street, set himself up in business. He altered the new uniforms to fit better at a few shillings a time and by the time we reached India he had worked hard and done very well for himself.

We left the ship and were taken to a camp where they promptly took away our khaki uniforms and gave us green ones instead.

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