Words: Rich Norman
Pics: Alfred Encallado and Rich Norman
However, a couple of weeks back I got hold of one of Britkit USA’s sublime extra large UJ patches.
The dimensions are 5″ by 3″ and it’s incredibly well made.
At the same time I bought the patch, I started looking into the modern discourse about the naming of the UJ – or Union Jack.
Mention the UJ and you can guarantee someone will say: “It’s only called the Union Jack when flown at sea.” You’d think after hundreds of years, it would be settled.
Intriguing as this is, it comes from a selective reading of history. It is accurate to call the British Flag, the Union Jack.
There are a lot of authoritative scholarly articles on the subject, but this one is a quick read.