The Suez Veterans Association

The main aim of the Association is to re-kindle and promote a spirit of comradeship amongst those who served in the

Suez Canal Zone, Egypt.     

Welcome to this Forum provided by the Association.

Open to non-members.

You are invited to post a reply to any message, or start a new topic.

'Keep the Flag Flying' 

Opinions expressed in letters on these forum pages are those of each correspondent and are not necessarily those of any serving representative of the

Suez Veterans Association.

To return to the SVA website, click here.

Forum: Suez Veterans Forum page
Start a New Topic 
View Entire Thread
Re: Need to know

Jim asks:

'We were all issued with a " Housewife".
Can you remember what it was?'

Sure can!

Your Housewife, often referred to as a 'hussif', was a pouch (about the same size as the field dressing) made of white cloth with ties. It contained all required to make repairs to your clothing when necessary. Inside was a thimble, grey darning wool (for socks), cotton thread, needles, spare buttons, etc.,.

Regarding the 'expanding' pocket on thigh of BD pants that Jim and I mentioned was, I'm pretty **** sure intended for the field dressing. After all, ORs didn't need to carry maps - we went where we we told!

A bone of contention, circa 1948/50, vague memories only, was differences in overseas kit, which in the case of Squaddies included blue Aertex type jammies, not issued to Erks??? To make up for this deficiency the latter were issued with sun glasses, a clasp knife, and of course, they got issued with SHOES..!

Did we all receive with our KD, extra underwear, heavy woollen, that I never wore..?

Or am I getting confused having consumed far too many salt tablets..?


Contrary to public opinion, STELLA was NOT made from onions.

Re: Need to know - by robert sharp - Aug 10, 2017 9:30pm
Re: Need to know - by Gwynn Felton - Aug 10, 2017 11:04pm
Re: Need to know - by Jim Watson - Aug 11, 2017 6:57pm
Re: Need to know - by Rod Amey - Aug 11, 2017 7:49am
Get your own FREE Forum today! 
Report Content ·  · Web Calendars   Online Photo Albums   Email Forms   Cheap Domains 
Powered by Bravenet