Private, Royal Marines, 1815



A costume typical of the uniform worn by British soldiers in the year of Waterloo, except that on service soldiers of the line wore grey overalls, and the white breeches and black gaiters would normally be seen only on parade. The head-dress was peculiar to the Royal Marines and was a simple adaptation of a common and popular civilian headgear, with the brim laced up and the addition of a black Hanoverian cockade with a small brass button in the centre and the normal Line Infantry white over red plume. This style had earlier been tried amongst Light Infantry, and with a bearskin roll or crest right over the top from back to front was quite a handsome head-dress. Soon after this date it was replaced by a shako.




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by Stephen Luscombe