Incorrect Drum Banners

This illustration from a chart showing all the cavalry drum banners is basically correct as far as the general design is concerned but the spelling of VIMIERA is wrong and it should be SUAKIN 1885. The shamrocks have been coloured green but they were silver on the actual banners. Two more versions of the 20th Hussars drum banners were produced as cigarette cards or part of a chart:

This cigarette card assumed that the 20th Hussars changed their drum banners after the accession of King Edward VII and produced this illustration with Edward's cypher. Again they have left off the 1885 date for SUAKIN. Photos of the drum-horse c1912 show the Victorian banners still in use so this banner was never produced.

This illustration was part of a chart of cavalry drum banners and incorrectly assumed that the 20th Hussars would have a new pair of banners after the accession of King George V in 1910. The 20th never used this banner with George V's cypher and continued to use the Victorian banners. The artist has included the correct battle honours, and perhaps the South African honour was added to the Victorian banners at some stage but a photo c1912 shows no sign of it.

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