Moustaches no longer compulsory for the army?

Published: 6 July 1913

The War Office has announced that it is considering ending the ban on officers in the Army from shaving their upper lip. The ban was introduced in 1860 when the King’s Regulations forbade upper lip shaving, effectively forcing all officers to have a moustache. Many officers have made it clear that a moustache does not suit them, while others have complied with the order ‘only to the extent of a scrubby disfiguration on the upper lip’, as one military commentator noted.

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