I got it to work. With escape if you save in the editor frequently but not always you only get a new mission.sqf but the game logic is stripped out. So I replaced the logic and it works fine. Also its better to change uniforms in the 'attributes' area rather than the the 'loadout' area in this case, not sure why but it only worked once I changed the uniforms in 'attributes' by changing the soldier.
So in summary my mistakes were to change the uniforms in 'loadout' which seems to be ignored by escape even though a .pbo not working (re change of uniforms) on the MP server when brought back to the editor still displays the uniform change in SP.
I am informed it works well in other scenarios so maybe my editor is squirly. My second mistake was to read the editor manual!!!
Thank you Neo for your help it was pivotal because you encouraged me to push on because I was close.
P.S. Mad about escape.