Other Ranks 1906

A postcard showing quite accurate details of the dismounted dress uniform of the 7th DG. In the middle is a sergeant with gold lace chevrons and a silver arm badge which was the same design as the collar and cap badges. His medals are a DCM and the two South Africa medals. Only two sergeants of the regiment won this award in the Boer War, Sergeants J R Cobb and P Tigue. His tunic is decorated with yellow piping. The private has two yellow chevrons on his left sleeve for good conduct. The trumpeter on the left of the picture has a black plume. This was a distinction of trumpeters, drummers and bandsmen. He also has a pouch-belt while the rest of the regiment no longer wear them. Other distinctions include the aiguillettes on his left shoulder, and the embroidered trumpeter's badge on his right sleeve. He has sword slings but no sword. The normal practice in cavalry regiments was that the trumpeter sounded the trumpet on dismounted parades and the bugle when mounted.

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