The 2nd Battalion 1899


The battalion parade at the Verne Citadel, Portland ready to embark for South Africa. The History of the Somerset LI tells us that the battalion were at Portland on 14 Sep where they processed the 500 reservists that had been called up for the Boer War. They stayed there until 4 Nov when they took two trains to Southampton. This photo of the battalion was published in the Navy and Army Illustrated in 1899 with the erroneous caption, 'Parade of the "Yellow Banded Robbers" The 2nd Prince Albert's (Somersetshire LightInfantry) at Plymouth'. The battalion had to wait for the issue of khaki clothing which was delayed for some reason. The photo shows them all in dark blue undress uniforms but with khaki puttees and light brown covered helmets. The group photo of the officers taken around the same time shows the same type of uniform.


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by Stephen Luscombe