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WWII British Service Dress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals
  • WWII British Service Dress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals
  • WWII British Service Dress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals
  • WWII British Service Dress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals
  • WWII British Service Dress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals
  • WWII British Service Dress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals
  • WWII British Service Dress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals
  • WWII British Service Dress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals
  • WWII British Service Dress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals
  • WWII British Service Dress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals
  • WWII British Service Dress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals
  • WWII British Service Dress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals

WWII British Service Dress Uniform to MI6 Major in Signals

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£450.00


Product Description

A really fine condition British WWII Pattern Service Dress uniform that belonged to Major Guy Maurice Bratt MBE, CMG, of the Royal Corps of Signals in XXX Corps.

The large uniform comprises of a tunic with the gilded crown rank badges to a Major, the Mercury collar badges of the Royal Corps of Signals and matching btass buttons and the 6 ribbon medal bar. The inside pocket label shows that the uniform was tailored by Weatherill Bros, of Farnham Common, Slough. It is dated 16.8.41 and is named to G.M. BRATT 2nd Lt. We know from his battledresses that he was a size 16. The trousers match the jacket, and there is a khaki shirt, as well as a material belt and a leather Sam Brown Service belt. There is a dark blue plaited cord lanyard. There are some minor moth grazing and small holes.

Service Dress was the new style of khaki service dress uniform introduced by the British Army for use in the field from the early 1900s, following the experiences of a number of imperial wars and conflicts, including the Second Boer War. It was deemed impractical in a battlefield scenario, so when the Battledress appeared in 1939, it was relegated to more dress roles.

We are also separately selling his 1937 Pattern Battledress, his 1940 Austerity Pattern Battledress uniform, as well as his WWII Photograph album, showing unique photos of his work setting up communications systems in France and Germany.

Major Guy Maurice BRATT MBE, CMG. (1920-2006). Studied at London University, where he was likely approached by the Secret Intelligence Services. Convinced war was coming, he joined the Territorial Army in 1938 and attended Officer Training Corps (O.C.T.U.). He was assigned to the Royal Signals in 1940 and commissioned a Lieutenant. He joined XXX Corps in 1942 and promoted to Captain. Promoted again in 1943 to Major, which he retained for the rest of his military career. He landed in Normandy on D-Day +3 and was tasked with installing and maintaining British Army Telephone Communications from the beach head to Berlin. This entailed laying cables through Northern France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. He was awarded the MBE (Mil.)(London Gazette 24.1.46) for his work intercepting and disrupting German Army Command radio and telephone signals during the Second World War. He also located the position of many enemy ammunition trains, prior to the crossing of the Rhine by XXX Corps. At the end of the War in Europe he supervised the telephone rewiring from Wesel to Hamburg and Bremen, building repeater stations and modernising telephone exchanges. In 1946 he was posted to 51 Air Formation Signals, until demobilised.

He joined MI6 Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) in 1952. He was posted in Berlin from 1952 to 1954, then in Brussels until 1958, under the cover of 2nd secretary. From 1962 to 1966, he is the first secretary in charge of Visas in Vienna and probably the chief of the station. From 1970 to 1972 he was in Geneva, still as head of station. Then from 1974 to 1977 he was in Washington as an adviser. He was therefore the MI6 representative in the USA. He left the service in 1985 as Division Head. He was awarded the Commander of the Order of St Michael & St George (CMG) (London Gazette 31.12.76).

Size jacket: No 16 (99-102 cm) (39-40 inches)
Size trousers: 86 cm (34 inches)
Weight: 3330 g

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