facings

Facings – term used to describe the internal lining of a soldier’s coat or tunic. When sleeves were turned back the cuff became the colour of the ‘facing.’ This idea continued in subsequent styles of coat where cuffs and collars were designed in the facing colour of the regiment in question. Originally the facing colour determined the infantry regiment to which the soldier belonged. From 1881 facings showed which country the infantry regiments were from in the British Army. These colours were yellow for Scottish, white for English and Welsh and blue for Royal Regiments.