4th Gurkhas


British Officers, 1878


These officers show the lack of a strict dress code in the 4th at this time. The Sam Browne belts are worn on the left shoulder by the three officers at the back and on the right shoulder by four of the seated officers. The officer on the right doesn't seem to have one at all. Their uniform is a hot weather service dress with vertical pockets on the chest. The figure seated third from the left has a pistol butt poking out from one of these pockets. His sword is of a different pattern to the man on the left who cradles a three-bar hilt cavalry type. There is a different style of jacket worn by the man standing on the right. Their gaiters differ in that the two seated on the left and right have high leather ones, the man with the pistol has short ones and the officer second from the right has light coloured canvas gaiters. The pillbox caps all look similar except for the figure seated on the left who does not have the raised black central button, but a pale flat braid pattern.


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by Stephen Luscombe