The Gordons


Ceremonial Dress 1959


This photo is of interest because it shows the back of the highland doublet introduced in the 1950s. The figure on the left of the picture stands in front of the platform where the inspecting officer takes the salute. The skirt on his doublet is modelled on early 19th century jackets worn by the British and other armies. The corners are folded back to show the old yellow facings. There is white piping along the edge of the slashed flap, and 3 brass buttons. There are two buttons just below the white waist-belt, and below them are either vents or pleats.

The platoon is marching past in slow time on the occasion of it's passing out, having completed basic training. The date was 31st Oct 1958 and the recruits were Mysore Platoon, passing out at Gordon Barracks, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen. The photo was published in the regimental magazine, 'The Tiger & Sphinx' Feb 1959. The text explains that the Lord Provost of Aberdeen inspected the platoon, and the parade was commanded by Lieut M M Cruickshank. It also says that the parade 'was unusual in that every one of the 33 recruits on parade was a regular soldier, and history was made by the wearing of No.1 Dress by all ranks.' Another photo in the magazine shows a formal group of Seringapatam Platoon, having passed out on 12th Dec 1958. But they are dressed in khaki battledress tops, with kilt etc.


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by Stephen Luscombe