The Gordons

Commanding Officer, Service Dress 1897

This illustration by Douglas Anderson is based on the uniform worn by Lieut-Col Mathias, commanding officer of the 1st Battalion Gordons. Most the officers and men on the regiment wore kilts with their khaki foreign service doublet, but the CO, second in command and the adjutant wore tartan breeches and puttees, or knee boots. Although this was mounted order it is more likely that these three would have accompanied their men on foot in the difficult terrain of Afghanistan during the Tirah Campaign. The fact that he does not wear spurs confirms this. The rest of his uniform consists of the lightweight khaki doublet with turndown collar, and khaki helmet with matching pagri. His arms and equipment are supported on the brown leather Sam Browne belt; his sword and pistol, probably a Webley & Scott Mark IV. He also carries a water-bottle on a webbing strap.

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