Squadron Sergeant-Major, Boer War

The 7th DG in South Africa wore khaki service dress. At first the tunic was a cotton drill frock and the breeches were cord with puttees on the lower leg. Later khaki serge replaced the drill material. The SSM here is wearing the serge frock with gold chevrons on his right sleeve and an embroidered crown above. He has a brown leather bandolier over his left shoulder. This must contain pistol ammunition as there is no sign of a carbine or rifle which was carried on the right side by men below the rank of sergeant. There is a bag hanging from his saddle which is food for the horse. His own food would be carried in his haversack. The water-bottle appears to be attached to his saddle near his right hand. The foreign service helmet has a black patch on the side as a regimental distinction. A sword can be seen on the other side of the horse and it appears to be wrapped up to prevent noise.

The man in the picture is named as SSM E Mander who was awarded the DCM along with four other men of the 7th. This medal was won for helping a wounded man under fire at Olifant's Vlei, near Johannesburg in May 1900.

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