|Stiff Serge cap
|Cap with earflaps
|Soft stitched-peak cap
|1914 to 18
|The troops went to war in 1914 with nothing more than the stiff serge service cap to protect their head. Scottish Regiments wore their own variety of bonnets.The first winter in the trenches inspired the army to issue a cap in 1915 with earflaps which were worn buttoned over the crown . Nicknamed the "Gorblimey" , it was unpopular and not seen often in photographs.
The "Brodie" protective steel helmet was first issued in 1916.
A practical soft, cotton cap, which could be kept in a pocket, when the helmet was worn, was issued the following year. It has distinctive rows of stitching on the peak.