Cambridge District Scout Archive
This small item of uniform rarely gets a mention, but it was considered a necessary piece of the whole. The elastic garter was a usual piece of clothing to hold the sock in place both for neatness and warmth. When wearing shorts a long thick sock was necessary. Fabric technology had not yet created the elasticity of modern socks.
1943 ‘I do know that uniforms were in short supply… but I did get some green binding tape for Mum to make flashes for my socks, they, of course, fitted to the elastic garter that kept my socks up.’ From ‘A Child’s War, Growing up on the home front’ M Brown
8/10/1947 District Minutes As part of a review of all aspects of uniform, seemingly intended for National consideration, it was recorded, but unusually not unanimously,
‘Garter Tabs: It was agreed that garter tabs should be retained.’
Green garters were for Cubs, Scouts and Scouters, Red for Rovers and Rover leaders.
Except for Cub Scouts who retained short trousers, garter tabs stopped being uniform at the adoption of the 1966 Advance Report recommendation of long trousers.
JWR Archivist Feb 2019