W.E. Patt. '08 - List of Changes Entries and Other Official Documentation
Below are all of the British and Canadian List of Changes entries pertaining to Web Equipment, Pattern 1908, that we have been able to locate. Should you know of any others, please provide us with copies so that we can include them here.
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Introduces Mk. I G.S. web rifle sling.
Alters the Mk. I G.S. web rifle sling. Does not advance the Mark.
Introduces W.E., Patt, '08.
Adds conversion of G.S. Haversack.
Adds medium size Belt.
Adds Carriers for Intrenching tool, head, and Intrenching tool, helve.
Introduces the Intrenching tool, head, and Intrenching tool, helve.
Design modifications to W.E. Patt. '08.
Modifies the head of the Entrenching tool.
Modifications to update earlier issues of the Water bottle carrier.
LoC § 16513, Web equipment, pattern 1908 - New patterns. Approval dates 5th March 1913 & 11th July 1913. Issued 1st October, 1913.
The second date probably refers to the changes in nomenclature to Sam Browne items.
Adds Attachments, brace; Belts, waist, special; Case, pistol, Webley, with brass hooks and Pouch, ammunition, Webley, with brass hooks.
Minor modification to construction of Cartridge carriers.
Modifies Haversack and Water bottle carrier.
Modifies left Cartridge carrier to add external securing straps.
Introduces Mark II versions of these Pistol cases, specifies alterations to existing Cases.
Adds Mark II (longer) versions of Belts, waist, and Belts, waist, special.
Introduces khaki drill Mess tin cover
Modifies closure of Intrenching tool head carrier to buckle and chape.
Introduces the web Frog for the Folding wire cutters of 20646 below.
Introduces Cutters, wire, folding. (Mark I.). Declares Cutters, wire, small, Mark V obsolete.
Modifies the closure straps of the Water bottle carrier, both for alterations to existing Carriers and for new manufacture.
Modifies side flaps of Pack to add hole and eyelet in each.
Declares the Carriers, intrenching tools - Head & Helve obsolete.
Removes Helve holder tab from Frog.
Changes pattern of these leather Holsters to close the muzzle end. Both new production and conversion of existing stock.
Amends LoC § A3, Bottles, water, Mk. VI, to add a new drab cloth Cover, and then declares obselescent (and revises the nomenclature) of the felt Cover, Water-bottle, O.P. (Old Pattern).
Adds Web holster for use with Patt. '08 W.E.
Adds the Web holster for the Royal Tank Corps and Cavalry Armoured Car Regiments.
Declares obsolescent the W.E. Patt. '08 Cover, mess tin.
Adds two sizes of leg straps for the R.T.C. Pistol case.
Withdraws Intrenching tools and Carriers.
Introduces Canadian W.E. Patt. '08.
Introduces Canadian W.E. Patt. '13.
ADMIRALTY FLEET ORDERS were issued by the Royal Navy on an as required basis, over the calendar year, covering the various Administrative, Logistical & Technical issues related to running the R.N. Listed here are A.F.O’s. that relate to the W.E. Pattern 1908. There are other relevant A.F.O’s. and C.A.F.O’s (CONFIDENTIAL ADMIRALTY FLEET ORDERS) that we have been unable to locate examples of, so help here would be appreciated.
Modifies Lanchester pouches designed for use with W.E. Patt. '08 for use with W.E. Patt. '37.
Other Official Documentation
This excerpt from the Orders for the Australian Imperial Force (issued with MO No 359 of 1915 and reprinted with amendments, MO 787 / 1915) details both the scale of equipment issue for reinforcements, officers, and men, and the approved method of marking equipment. From the Graham Tweeddale Collection.
Regulations for the Equipment of the Army | Part I. | 1912 | Reprinted with Amendments published in Army Orders up to 31st August, 1914. Excerpts from this very interesting document presented here include tables of materials used for repair of Web Equipment, Pattern 1908. From the Graham Tweeddale Collection.
Regulations for the Equipment of the Army | Part I. 1942 | General Regulations. Excerpts from the 1942 edition, again reference material for Web Equipment, Pattern 1908. From the Clive Elliott Collection.
A Canadian Order In Council, P.C. 1838, dated 16th October, 1924. This order authorises the purchases of W.E. Patt. '08 Cartridge carriers, left and right, in order to make complete sets using equipment already in stores. This is especially intesting in that a number of items of Canadian made web equipment, both Patt. '08 and Patt. '19, are known with 1924 dates. Perhaps, following this purchase, they discovered they still needed additional pieces, and decided to have the less complicated ones made in Canada? Furnished to Karkee Web by KWRT Ed Storey.