2nd Gurkhas

Group of Natives, c1898

This group shows a variety of outfits, The full dress is worn by the venerble Subadar-Major, Bahadur in the middle. His kilmarnock cap appears lower than the other three examples. The other two in full dress are from different battalions, the kneeling man has a '2' on his cap. The other man, probably a havildar, has been awarded the Indian Order of Merit. Between him and the Subadar-Major is a lance-naik in marching order with a turban or pagri. He and the kneeling lance-naik are wearing khaki service dress with the distinctive red edge to the collar. The kneeling man is in drill order with a full dress cap while the man on the extreme left wears a khaki cap. Second from the left is a man wearing a khaki frock with white trousers. He has a medal hanging round his neck with three clasps. Curiously, his cap has no Prince of Wales badge on the front. The dress of the man on the right defies description. He looks as if he had trouble disentangling himself from his bed sheets.

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