One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cloth covering for a military cap that extends downward to protect the neck.
- ‘One soldier from Pennsylvania reported his whole regiment received havelocks made by ladies in their home county.’
- ‘There is also written evidence of the regiment requesting and receiving a large shipment of havelocks, an item eventually deemed useless by soldiers in the field.’
- ‘Women gathered together to make items that the soldiers would need such as havelocks, hand-knit socks and mittens, towels, sheets, pillowcases.’
- ‘Many Civil War soldiers used their havelocks not as cap covers, but as coffee. strainers, dishcloths, or gun patches.’
- ‘After securing the lie of Thursday's gallantry, York himself dons the identical hat with havelock attached.’
Mid 19th century: named after Sir Henry Havelock (1795–1857), an English general who served in India.
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