Maker and Role
Joseph May and Sons (Leeds) Limited, Manufacturer
Blue wool jacket with collar. There are 5 black buttons down the front right jacket flap and 5 button holes on a hidden denim lining on the left. There are 2 metal hooks and corresponding loops at the neck. There is a denim-lined pleated breast pocket on either side. Each pocket has a cover flap with a scalloped edge and a hidden button to close it. At the waist is a strap on the left jacket flap and a buckle and belt loop on the right side. There is a wool epaulette on each shoulder attached near the collar with a black button. The sleeve cuffs are lined with denim and are closed by a hidden black button. The back of the jacket is pleated at the waist. Inside the jacket, the collar, button seams and waist are lined with denim. A second strip of denim has been added to the waist and there are 2 button holes in it. There are 2 rectangular tabs of denim sewn into the shoulders to reinforce the area where the epaulette buttons have been sewn.
Signature/Marks and Type
War, Service Dress, Blouse… / JOSEPH MAY & SONS (LEEDS) LTD. / MAENSON HOUSE LEEDS / 1943 / [military arrow symbol] Maker's Mark
Joseph May and Sons (Leeds) Limited. 1943. Uniform [Tunic (Battle Dress RNZAF)], 2003.798. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).