The Gordons

Sergeant, Mounted Infantry 1896

This excellent photo of Sergeant Seymour of the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders was published in the Navy and Army Illustrated of 29th May 1896 along with other pictures of the Highland Company of Mounted Infantry who were preparing to embark for South Africa to join the force sent out to the 2nd Matabele War.

He is wearing the waist length white drill jacket that was only used by the highland regiments and the Brigade of Guards. The buttons are brass and the sergeants stripes are of red cloth. The leather bandolier over his left shoulder carries 50 rounds of ammunition for the Lee Metford rifle. He has khaki cord breeches and blue puttees. Unusually for a mounted man he has no spurs.

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