The Royal Irish Regiment


Band 1901


The band of the 2nd Battalion pose in Mhow where they were posted while the 1st Battalion fought in South Africa. The men wear the India frock instead of the dress tunic, and side caps, or field caps, which were introduced in 1894. The frocks are no different from those worn by the fighting troops apart from the embroidered band badge on the right arm. Most of the bandsmen have a medal for India General Service with clasps for the Tirah campaign. In the middle sits the CO who may be the new CO, H S Shuldham-Lye who took over in July 1901. Next to him, on his right, is the bandmaster A J Cunningham. The drums in front are the time-beater's drum and a snare drum. These drums are played by bandsmen and are not part of the Corps of Drums.


Regimental Details | Band




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by Stephen Luscombe