Trumpeter in Group c1892

The men of the 20th Hussars in this group show the differences in stable dress. Those standing at the back have ordinary blue waist-length jackets with yellow piping around the collar and on the cuffs. The trumpeter lying down in front seems to be dressed in a very dark uniform but it is in fact a colourful jacket and cap which was shown in the illustration of Musicians 1889. The olivet buttons on the front can be seen and a gold embroidered crossed trumpet badge is on his right sleeve. He has medal ribbons for the Egypt/Sudan campaign of 1884-9. But what is not visible is the crimson and yellow twisted cord on the edges of the jacket, around the collar and on the cuffs. His crimson and yellow pill-box cap contrasts with the duller blue and yellow caps of the rank-and-file men. The other musician in this group is the NCO seated on the extreme right of the photo. His jacket also has the 4 olivet buttons but they are in gold, as is the cording around the edges of his jacket. We cannot see his rank but he may be the trumpet-major or band sergeant. The gold cap-band is very wide, indicating his senior NCO status. The other senior NCO, behind the trumpeter is a Troop or squadron sergeant major. That title changed in 1892 from TSM to SSM.

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