The Halt at Cove 1891


The 1st Battalion marched to Kingston Vale from Aldershot in July 1891. This painting by Orlando Norie depicts them halted at Cove, Farnborough, Hampshire. The officers and men are in marching order, with Slade Wallace equipment that carries the valise high on the back and the rolled greatcoat at waist level. They would have been armed with the Lee Metford magazine .303 rifle. They all wear the white foreign service helmet in preparation for their move to Gibraltar in November of that year. They also have their trousers tucked into black gaiters, except for the mounted officer who is in breeches and knee boots. He is probably the CO, Lieut-Colonel Henry Hallam Parr. The review on Wimbledon Common on 12 July had 26,000 British soldiers ready for inspection by Kaiser Wilhelm II who had been Emperor of Germany since 1888.


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by Stephen Luscombe