were generally not in the 'field' in the same way as men, they were not issued
with webbing or packs for their personal equipment. Instead, they were issued
with a bag for their kit and then specialist items of clothing to enable them
to carry out other tasks. Some of the items they were issued with were:
oblong canvas bag was given out to ATS for carrying their
clothing etc. This had two strong handles on the top and a lace up closure
on the top. Members were also issued with a tin mug, eating utensils
and mess tins.
- Some members were
issued with a gas cape.
Bear coat - this was the nickname for the warm coat that was
issued to ATS on gunsites. It was made of synthetic fur fabric and had
a large number of pockets that could be used to hold items such as torches,
and had a large hood.
special ATS lanyard was issued which was worn on the
left shoulder on the S.D. Members of the Royal Artillery were allowed
to wear the white lanyard of the R.A. and this was worn
on the right shoulder on the S.D. and sometimes on the B.D. as well.
particularly liked by the members was the respirator bag,
or gas mask bag as it is commonly known. The reason for this was that members
did not have anywhere to put their personal belongings whilst out and about
in their S.D. The solution? To empty out your respirator and use the bag as
a handbag. Members were obviously not supposed to do this, but after the early
years of the war, it was realised that gas attack was not likely, so the members
felt justified in using their bag this way. Later in the war the members were
issued with a special A.T.S. handbag and so this practice
stopped. The following cartoon illustrates the situation:
Some of the specialist
jobs the ATS had to undertake, meant that they had to have issues of specialist
riders wore a variety of equipment. Some of them wore their normal ATS cap,
S.D. Jacket, jodhpurs and boots and used
the despatch riders raincoat and leggings
in bad weather. Others were seen using a despatch riderís helmet,
B.D. Jacket and knee length trousers and first world war
blues were used when ATS members were in hospital convalescing.
This consisted of an S.D. pattern skirt and B.D. pattern blouse in blue.
were issued with a navy blue refer jacket and white skirt, white shirt and
navy tie. They often also wore the Royal Artillery Field cap. This clothing
was issued so that they could be seen in the middle of a firing range, which
was often a green field. With the normal khaki version of the clothing,
the ATS may have been hit by practice shells as they would not have been
members were expected to carry out fatigues and had several
different types of overall for these. A white overall with
a wrapover front was worn with a white cloth cap for kitchen duties. A khaki
denim wrapover overall was worn for general duties
and khaki denim overall with sewn in trouser legs was used