British RFC Field Service Cap
Tailor made and regulation British caps of this pattern were worn by AEF personnel from November 1917 until 1919
In the late 19th century, a style of cap made in the unique colors that identified each British regiment, with a folding ‘peak’ or visor known as “Cap, Field Service” was adopted by the British Army. The Field Service Cap was worn by all British Army regiments except those of the Scottish infantry. The Scottish infantry regiments continued to wear the traditional Glengarry Bonnet.
In 1913, the Field Service Cap, made from khaki wool, replaced the more colorful regimental caps, as well as the ‘Gor Blimey Cap’* or 1915 Service Dress Cap as the standard headdress for all ranks of the British Army’s Royal Flying Corps (RFC).
*Gor Blimey was Cockney slang for “God blind me”. The 1905 Service Cap was given that nom de guerre because in the eyes of British military spit and polish the soft caps with ear flaps were considered to be somewhat un-presentable by senior commanders.
Some RFC officers continued to wear the pre 1913 Field Service Caps in their distinctive regimental color; most however, opted for the khaki drab colored Field Service Cap.
All of the Great War RFC Field Service Caps featured a bronze RFC cap badge mounted on the crown’s left side. The ‘curtain, as the British called the flap which could be folded down to cover the ears, was secured in the front by two RFC pattern brass buttons, and often by a hook located on each side.
Photo No. 64: These British officers circa 1914, still wear the pre war pattern RFC Cap in their regimental colors.