Officers and Trumpeter 1914

Simkin's illustration of the 5th DG in 1914 was intended to point out the difference between the dress uniform and the khaki service dress that was to replace it. The captain in dress has a black sheepskin saddle cover and no shabraque as that had been discontinued c1897. His tunic has green velvet facings including the edging down the front of his tunic. The gold Austrian knot on his sleeve was the same single knot for all officer ranks as from 1902.

The trumpeter who follows him has a red plume instead of the white and red plume of the rest of the regiment. Interestingly he has green cords and tassels to his bugle which answers the question, was the 5th DG a 'Royal' regiment? Having the title Princess Charlotte of Wales's may have seemed to have entitled them to the royal bugle cords of blue yellow and red. This was suggested in a cigarette card illustration Trumpeter c1897.

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