A jacket recently appeared on eBay with a maker's label denoting it as "Coats, Duffle ARP 65". It was of a jacket I had not previously seen before. I am indebted to Jon Mills for sharing the below images of the said jacket being worn by members of the Civil Defence Reserve. A similar style jacket was also issued to the army. At time of writing the example on eBay had reached over £600.
After close scrutiny of the photo I believe that this group of men belong to the No. 1 Overseas Column of the Civil Defence Reserve. The chap in battledress on the right appears to have additional insignia above his rank chevrons and I believe this is the 21st Army Group shield insignia. I have a previous posts about the Overseas Column and its work in Belgium in 1945.
Please support this website's running costs and keep it advert free