Sergeant-Major 1855

Regimental Sergeant-Major Carter wears a post-Crimean tunic of special pattern for his rank and he would have been the only man ever to wear it because it was a short-lived design, being replaced the following year by a single-breasted version. The collar looks as if it is covered in gold lace but there is a space at the back showing between the top and bottom rows of lace. The cuffs are heavily laced, having two rows around the top of the blue cuff and an extra large slash flap to accommodate the lace that follows the edge. The four gold chevrons are covered by an ornate coat of arms embroidered badge which stands proud of the material due to being well padded. His blue epaulette has an embroidered silver rose and is edged in white. He has a special pattern sword with a gold sword knot. The buttons are gilt and placed in pairs.

He has three medals for his service in the Crimean War. The middle one is his Crimean Medal with four clasps for ALMA, BALAKLAVA, INKERMANN and SEBASTOPOL. The medal on the left is the Turkish Crimea Medal and the one nearest his left arm is the French Medal Militaire.

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