Sergeant-Major c1970


The date of this photo is not known but it was published on the back cover of British Infantry Uniforms Since 1660 by Michael Barthorp (Blandford Press 1982). The sergeant-major has medals for World War 2 and does not look more than 50 years old. He holds the Colours for his battalion of the Grenadier Guards, and this close-up gives us the chance to see his sword and sword-knot, his white gloves, his finely gold edged shoulder straps, and his collar which is filled in with gold lace as far as the button on the shoulder strap. The back of the collar has a half inch width of blue showing between the upper and lower strips of lace. The way the chin strap is worn, just below the lower lip, is clearly seen here.


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by Stephen Luscombe