13th Hussars

Lance Corporal's Bed 1904

This is how cavalry troopers laid out their kit for inspection in 1904 and it will bring back memories to many serving or retired soldiers today. Hanging on pegs are, from the left, rolled cape and mess tins, bandolier, waterbottle and folded knapsack. Then sword and busby, and below them, the white-collared tunic with medal and rough-riders badge over his stripe and marksmans badge on the other sleeve. The braid is yellow but appears black in this old photo. The figuring on his pillbox cap is clearly visible and must be in gold. At the foot of the bed are two pairs of boots, the nearest being for full dress mounted parades and the others for wearing under the trousers in full dress dismounted parades.

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