A Hussif

A hussif is a serviceman’s emergency sewing kit. It is suggested that the word is a corruption of ‘housewife’.

At Market Lavington Museum we have a hussif which belonged to Squadron Leader Waters, He had it in Iraq when he was based there in 1939. This airman lived on High Street in Market Lavington. He died in 2010.

The hussif is not much more than a roll of cloth with a couple of pockets,  containing essentials for doing running repairs to clothing.

Hussif dating from 1939 which belonged to Squadron Leader Robert Waters of Market Lavington

No piece of a military man’s equipment is complete without his number.

Was this Robert Waters’ air force number?

Robert waters hussif still has some contents.

There are still a couple of needles in the hussif

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