This short coat was issued prior to the start of the war, with its issue being extended to Army Cyclist Troops in 1915.
" It has been decided to substitute ' Coats, warm, British ' for ' Coats, great, drab, dismounted ' in the scale of clothing for men of the Army Cyclist Corps, and indents may be put forward accordingly. The Coat, warm, British ' will be taken when proceeding on active service."
( War Office letter ACD/Cyclists/70 ( RACD ) 13th February, 1915 )
The photograph shows the Coat, Warm, British, 1915 with details of its blanket material lining. Also shown is the coat's 1915 sealed pattern label.
Thank you for this and the other information, and for the reference to J Bodworth's book. I see it's now been reissued as a print-on-demand paperback by Paul Meekins Military and History Books at £49.99, but this is a bit beyond my budget at present...