Privates, Battalion Company 1821

These figures in the background of Denis Dighton's painting are of interest for several reasons. The other ranks in the foreground all wear breeches and gaiters but these men are in white summer trousers. The man with his back to us is in marching order with a blanket rolled neatly on his shoulder. The socket bayonet hangs on his left hip while a black ammunition pouch hangs on his right. It is of polished leather with a brass garter star badge and carried 60 rounds. Their shoulder straps are blue and white with white tufts. The shakos are all black with the turned up back-peak flattened against the body of the cap. The plume is white over red. The building in the background is Horse Guards.

Uniforms | Regimental Details


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