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Jones' Pattern Equipment

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The following nomenclatures are ascribed, with “(Jones’ Pattern)” added, borrowing from Second World War practice, where “(Home Guard pattern)” was appended to nomenclatures, in equipment lists grouped under Section A1 of the V.A.O.S., but with the accoutrements un-coded.

Attachment, brace (Jones' Pattern)

Where an absolutely plain Belt is involved, a means of attaching Braces needs to be furnished, such as the Sleeves, belt, web used by the Home Guard, which reproduced Patt. ’37 style back buckles for Patt. ’37 Braces to be attached. Look out for them in BBC TV’s Dad’s Army!

Belt, waist, leather (Jones' Pattern)

The basic B.E. Belt was simplicity itself, a loose, tongued brass buckle, positioned in the doubled left-hand running end and retained in place by a Runner. The Jones design employed a unique buckle, with two tongues facing in opposite directions. No nomenclature is known, but borrowing from the double tongued brace buckle of V.E. Patt. ’88, with a revised dimension, it might have been termed Buckle, brass, 1 ¾-in., double-barred. Where the B.E. buckle was a vertical rectangular form, this buckle was horizontally rectangular, with two tongue bars equally positioned across the frame. A pair of Runners were threaded onto the Belt, which was taken from the outside to the inside of the buckle, mimicking the “posh” way of fastening a Patt. ’08 Belt. Both running ends were doubled behind and retained in place by the Runners.

This arrangement of buckling allows equal adjustment on either side, which argues for a fixed feature at the centre of the Belt, which must be kept central. However, the belt is lain along its entire length. Perhaps Edward Jones had other designs in their catalogue?

Braces, leather, paired (Jones' Pattern)

Although the Patt. ’03 Carrier, greatcoat offered some support to the belt (at 3 points), in strict terms, there were no Braces. In this, the Army had reverted to pre Valise Equipment, as Knapsack Equipment had no Braces. The Jones’ design has a “Y” Brace – common in the armies of Europe, but never seen in the British Army. The shoulder parts are 2-inches wide, tapered to short extensions, 1-inch wide, at the front. The rear part of the flares are stitched and riveted to 1-inch wide straps, relieved near their ends, so that they can be doubled round a brass ring and stitched in place. A short strap is stitched to the lower part of the brace ring. A Runner with a Buckle, brass, 1-in. single, roller forms the rear belt attachment, to which the short strap is secured. On the rear part of the flares, are stitched and riveted chapes to position plain rectangular brass loops. The chapes are positioned at an angle, such that they align vertically when the “Y” Brace is in use.

Carriers, cartridge, leather, 40 rounds (Jones' Pattern)

These are actually “Carriers”, assembled from standard Pockets, which are attached to a shaped backing piece. This connects the 10 round top Pocket to the 15 round bottom Pocket. Prior to being riveted up, two short straps between the top and bottom corners of the Pocket, are sandwiched between the pocket body and backing piece. These straps are, in turn, riveted in the same way to a second 15 round Pocket, forming “L” shaped Carriers. Conventionally in web equipment patterns, the upper pocket is nearer the centre of the wearer’s chest, to properly align with the Braces. The integral third pocket is therefore carried to the rear, making the “L” shape on the left and reversed “L” on the right. This is not an absolute in being made “handed”, in the way that Patt. ’08 Carriers are, so could be reversed.

Pockets, cartridge, 15 rounds, without loop (Jones' Pattern)

A pair of extra Pockets, could be added on either side of the belt buckle, raising the total capacity from 80 to 110 rounds, ten rounds above the minimum required by the Equipment Regulations. Whilst these were exactly of B.E. form, they lack the central brass loop, to which the Greatcoat carrier was hooked. An example is shown here, also by Edward Jones, but dated 1909, which raises the possibility that Jones Pattern Equipment appeared on the market very soon after the Territorials were formed. Since the brass loops are not fitted, they cannot strictly be termed as B.E. Pockets.

Frog, bayonet, leather, with helve loops (Jones' Pattern)

A looped Frog had been noted some time back, in a photograph of members of the Cambridgeshire Regiment. At the time, the rest of their accoutrements were interpreted as an assembly of separate B.E. Cartridge pockets. Years later, a previously unknown Head carrier was submitted to KW by Karl Vines. Speculatively, a drawing of the Cambridgeshire Regiment Frog, made from the photo, was submitted to Jeff Hayes, with a request to seek out an example amongst his bayonet contacts. The response was sooner than expected – his brother, Alan, had one! His example had surfaced in Cambridgeshire, but was not marked, though an association with Karl’s Carrier was now on the cards.

Karl then noted items being sold on eBay, which included the same Frog design, plus another example of his Carrier, plus more items that promptly turned the whole lot into the hoped for complete pattern. All the items were marked "I.O.M.", for the Isle of Man Volunteers and were dated 1914. More importantly, all were stamped "EDWARD JONES, C & M". Following the established practice with other known commercial designs for Volunteer units, we have ascribed a nomenclature of Jones Pattern Equipment.  

The basis for this is a Frog, brown, bayonet, G.S., but on the forward edge, two leather loops are sandwiched between the body of the Frog and the Front, frog. The Helve of the Sirhind tool is fitted into these loops, in the same manner as on Patt. ’08 W.E. The bayonet scabbard stud is retained conventional by a strap across the upper front.

Carrier, leather, head, entrenching tool (Jones’ Pattern)

This item was where it all started in earnest, submitted by Karl Vines and raising the possibility of it being part of a new pattern of accoutrements. His example was made by EDWARD JONES C & M and was dated 1912 and was a design never previously noted. It was plainly for a Sirhind tool but, compared to the same Patt. ’08 item, the profile was cut a little more closely to conform with its shape. As with Patt. ’08, the “pan” end of the Head was carried on the right, the pick end to the left. It comprised two identically shaped pieces of leather, stitched together to leave the pan end open. Four hose rivets reinforced the pan section. Unlike Patt. ’08, the Head was withdrawn horizontally from the Carrier. Vertically aligned Carriers are also known, so this perhaps allowed Jones to finish off the same Carriers differently, depending on what the customer wanted.

 A slightly tapered tab was stitched to the rear face of the Carrier. A brass loop was positioned on the inner rear face, held by a chape. This protruded through a slot cut in the front face, serving as a staple for the rear tab, the whole forming a latter-day QRF – a Quick Release Fastening.  At differing positions, on and below the horizontal centre-line, two chapes held brass loops. Short straps, with Buckle, brass, single, 1-in., roller provided opening belt loops to suspend the Carrier from the Waist belt.

Adjacent to the slot, the Carrier is stamped "REGD 583328", though the last digit may be a 3, or a 6. It is thought that this refers only to the Carrier. http://www.ipo.gov.uk/satisfaction only holds Design Registration Numbers for a rolling 25 years, older Designs being (hopefully) held in the P.R.O., which today erroneously includes an abbreviated Definite Article, so is now T.N.A. – The National Archives. Should anybody wish to search, we’d be delighted to hear the outcome!

Cover, mess-tin (Jones’ Pattern)

This is the standard pattern, for the old Tin, mess, D.S. for Dismounted Services, used for the D-shaped Mess Tin. It is made of rough canvas and fitted with a pair of leather belt loops, the lid closed by a tab and horn / metal button. One loop, though damaged on its surface, is stamped with "Edward Jones C & M 1914", the other with "IOM 175".

Carrier, leather, water bottle (Jones' Pattern)

The basis for this is the Carrier, water bottle, with shoulder strap (Mark II.), the type introduced alongside Patt. ’03 B.E. and here in its modified Mark II form. However, in place of a non-removable strap, there are no strap rings and the Carrier is furnished instead with short straps and buckles, for attachment directly to the Belt. Thus the constricting sling was removed from the wearer’s chest. The bottle would more probably be the Bottle, water, enamelled (Mark VI.) rather than the short-lived Mark V.

Haversack (Jones' Pattern)

The basic envelope is that of the Haversack, G.S. (Mark I.), which was introduced alongside Patt. ’03 B.E. The sling was cut down leaving short extensions, to which a sandwich of a short strap, with buckle and chape laid on top. These straps allowed direct attachment to the Belt, obviating the constricting shoulder strap. The buckling arrangement also allowed suspension from the brace loops, though it is not known how the lower edge of the Haversack was limited in “pack bounce”.

Rog Dennis July 2014