adventures in made up dreams
Broke by wives with no sense for suave.
Ha, yes, damn them for insisting on not having scabby top lips. WW1 is also responsible.
Gas masks? Or the mass enlistment of middle-class types that were too soft to grow facial hair?:/)
The second, but kids & too young. There was a standing order about not shaving the upper lip that was got rid of in 1916. Researching it now, there is a suggestion that the real reason was that bloke who abolished the order hated his own moustache.
That makes sense...putting aside the facetiousness of my comment, the Boer War was the first war to see wide middle-class involvement..and those boy's rocked the stache like movie stars.It didn't get so bad though that kids and bantam units were recruited.
I'll bow to your greater knowledge (I have virtually no knowledge of british military history beyond titbits of moustache trivia and Vanity Fair) - when I googled it after your original question, it suggested that the no shaving order came about during the Crimean War after many soldiers informally adopted the habit, I guess because of the cold.
There are some great pictures of Guards from the Crimea with beards almost as big as their bearskins...very menacing.