Jimi Hendrix Royal Hussar & British Army Veterinary Corps. Military Jackets

Jimi Hendrix was once a member of the United States Army but he famously wore these British Military jackets during the height of his career..

Jimi Hendrix Royal Hussars Royal Veterinary Corp. Military Jackets

Hendrix purchased the jackets at this thrift store named “I Was Lord Kitchener’s Valet” located at 293 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London.  Tons of other 60’s rock stars shopped here including Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Pete Townshend and Eric Clapton to name a few…

I Was Lord Kitchener's Valet Jimi Hendrix Military Jacket

Here’s a photo of The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger in his “I Was Lord Kitchener’s Valet” jacket…

Mick Jagger Military Jacket Jimi Hendrix

This is the most famous of Hendrix’ Military coats is the Royal Hussar Jacket.

Jimi Hendrix Royal Hussars Military Jacket

It’s origins date back to the 1700’s when General Lasalle otherwise known as “The Hussar General” wore this type of tunic as depicted in the painting below.  Inspired by the Hungarian fashion of the day, it is adorned with heavy horizontal tasseled gold rope (pelisse) across the chest and Austrian knots on the sleeves to show rank.

Jimi Hendrix General Lasakke Royal Hussars Military Jacket

The next jacket is much more simple and was worn specifically by the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC). of the British Army.  It was considered their “dress” jacket.

Jimi Hendrix Royal Army Veterinary Corps Jacket

A group of policemen once ordered Hendrix to remove the Royal Veterinary Corps dress jacket, saying it was an offense to the men who had worn it.  This isn’t the exact jacket that Hendrix wore below but this is a member of the RAVC.

Jimi Hendrix Royal Army Veterinary Jacket

On a side note:  Adam Ant also wore a Royal Hussar almost identical to the one Hendrix wore…

Adam Ant Royal Hussar Jacket Jimi Hendrix Military Coat

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