Great War Hats … and Huts!

Back in May I added two posts which largely focused on the slouch hats worn by members of the BSF during the warmer weather of 1916. Whilst I don’t want to overdo military headgear – not everyone finds the subject as fascinating as I do – I want to draw your attention to a fascinating video on the subject. Being able to recognise the headwear of a First World War soldier can be useful in helping to date a photo of a soldier, even if their intrinsic interest is a mystery to you!

The video is presented by Taff Gillingham of Khaki Devils, Chairman of the Friends of the Suffolk Regiment, SCS member and also of Great War HutsGreat War Huts – of which more in a moment – has its own YouTube channel with a small, but growing, collection of videos on First World War themes filmed, by and large, in Great War huts – as you would expect. I particularly recommend the video entitled British Military Millinery of the Great War:


Great War Huts

Great War Huts at Brook Farm Camp in the heart of the Suffolk countryside will be a ground-breaking First World War museum and visitor centre. Built on a four and a half acre site, the original plan was to have eleven replica wooden barrack huts built to provide a lecture theatre, exhibition and display space to tell the story of the First World War in a fresh way.

This plan changed, though, with the discovery of an original recreation hut which was due to be demolished. The eleven huts will all now be original buildings, constructed over a century ago. Once completed, Great War Huts will provide a unique setting in which to learn about the personal, military and social history of the Great War.

To find out more about the project, including how you can support it and even construct your own hut, visit the project’s website. I urge you to subscribe to their YouTube channel and keep up to date with their online offerings; it would be nice to see an increase in the number of views of the Away from the Western Front Salonika video!

Author: SCS Web Editor

Robin Braysher joined the SCS in 2003 and soon after became editor of the Society's journal - 'The New Mosquito' - a role he held until 2008. He then became the Society's web editor, a role he seems unable to shake off. His interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Fred, who served as a cyclist with the BSF from 1915 to 1917, mainly in the Struma valley. Opinions expressed in these posts are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society.