Drummer at Tel-el-Kebir 1882


A detail from Caton Woodville's excellent painting of the Guards at Tel-el-Kebir in Egypt during the 1882 campaign against Arabi Pasha's revolt against British Rule. It is not certain whether this is a Grenadier Guards drummer or from one of the other Guards battalions. His drum has no regimental markings, being a campaign drum and we cannot see if he has a badge on the front of his stained foreign-service helmet. The details of his decorative drummer's sword are clear. Also of interest is the bugle cord which is green. On parade, in dress uniform, the cord would be of the royal colours, blue yellow and red.


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by Stephen Luscombe