NCOs in India 1865

This interesting group was probably photographed at the barracks in Muttra. The men at the back holding the Queen's bays squadron Standards are in full dress with their home service helmets. The normal head dress for hot climates was the white helmet seen on a man standing to the left of the picture. Next to him is a sergeant in a white jacket. He must be the Sergeant-Cook that was added to the regimental establishment at this time. The rest are in scarlet dress tunics or stable jackets which have pointed cuffs. The more senior Warrant Officers have jackets edged down the front with gold lace while the other sergeants have buttons. The drum banners at the front are of black velvet which was the facings colour before 1855.

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