Iíve always assumed that these items of headgear were hats in their own right and that they were worn in Bedford simply because there were insufficient quantities of Glengarries to equip all the men. This is, in itself, somewhat tenuous as the majority of Bedford photos of the Battalions concerned show the men wearing Glengarries.
However, it has been suggested to me that the slouch hats were actually khaki canvas covers for the Glengarry, fitted with an all-round brim to provide the wearer with added protection against the sun.
A further suggestion is that the hats were worn to persuade any budding German spies that the wearers were destined for climes warmer than France and Belgium!
I have to say that I am not yet convinced by these suggestions and Iím hoping that someone out there might be able to solve this mystery once and for all.
Itís worth noting that the Largs war memorial bears 3 sculpted figures, one being a soldier wearing a slouch hat.