Officer's Belt Plate 1844-55


The belt-plate by this stage was more thoughtfully designed, incorporating the Victorian crown, stringed bugle with mural crown and the Sphinx. The laurels are more prominent and enhance the design. There are four more battle honours on the plate, added to scrolls that flow in a balanced pattern. Central to the design is the wavy garter inscribed PRINCE ALBERT'S LIGHT INFANTRY. The 13th were granted this title in honour of their defence of Jellalabad in 1841/2. They also added the mural crown to the stringed bugle signifying the heroic defence. The new title made them a Royal regiment so they now had blue facings on their uniform and Colours. The honours at the top of the plate are: GHUNZEE JELLALABAB and CABOOL. Below the regimental title are MARTINIQUE and AFGHANISTAN. Then the Sphinx of EGPYT with AVA at the base. The last award was Cabool on 22 June 1844 so the plate dates after that. The uniform was drastically changed in 1855 so that the belt plate was discontinued.


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by Stephen Luscombe