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BRITISH IDENTIFIED GENERALS FULL DRESS UNIFORM.
A most magnificent example of British high ranking dress uniform being the scarlet tunic worn by a full general. The fine quality red doe skin material is in excellent condition. There are some minor stains around the waistband area where colour has transferred from the waist belt to the red tunic. This would be covered on any display by the central sash. There is no moth damage on any part of the tunic. The dark blue and white edged stand collar is profusely adorned with heavy gold wire and leaf work which matches again superb heavy wire work to the dark blue based and white edged cuffs and the red based upper cuff. The front of the tunic has both sections piped in white. The shoulder boards are of a full general with generals fixing buttons and the insignia mix of the cross sword and baton with crown over one rank pip indicating full general. All of the buttons are of the correct sword and baton general type in large size with smaller size for the cuffs. The rear skirt again piped in white with all of the heavy bullion work to either side of the central opening flap. The interior upper three quarter section of the tunic is beautifully lined in a multi stitched tan silk which has shot slightly on the upper inner collar. Also the black silk lining to the stand collar is also shot. The tunic is named, to the inside pocket makers label 'Davis & Son 19 &20 Hanover Street, London West.' The name is 'General R.C.B Haking,' We have identified this tunic belonging to General Sir Richard Cyril Byrne Haking CBE KCB KCMG born 24th January 1862 and died 9th June 1945. Much research paperwork with this group, He was a British general in WWI and was significant in being heavily involved in the second battle of Fromelles. Commissioned in the Hampshire regiment in 1881. He saw active service in Burma and in the Boer War and was a graduate at the staff college. He was given command of the 5th brigade when the outbreak of War in 1914 and travelled to the western front. He was wounded on the river Aisne and that required three months recuperation. On returning to duty he commanded 1st division from December 1914 to September 1915. He was much criticized for the heavy casualties taken by his division at the second battle of Fromelles. Later in the war he was sent to reinforce the Italian front. After WWI he served as head of the British section of the Armistice commission and was commander of allied troops in the East Prussia and Danzig area. He retired as a full general in 1927. The tunic comes complete with its correct set of overalls again condition excellent no moth damage. The uniform is complete with its set of heavy gild gold aiguillettes, maroon and gold beautifully constructed waist sash with two hanging tassels in gold.