Officers and Sergeant 1816

Two officers stand on the left with a sergeant in the middle. The mounted figure is another officer, and a mounted private is in the middle distance on the extreme right. The uniforms are similar to those worn during the Waterloo campaign with the marked difference in the cap which now has a gilt or brass scroll for WATERLOO on the front. The battle honour was awarded on 8 Dec 1815. The scarlet collett or jacket is similar except that the shoulder straps are gold laced whereas the jacket worn in the portrait of Captain Barnard shows gold twisted cord straps.

The officer with his back to us is dressed differently in that he has a cocked hat with tall white feather plume, leather breeches and boots, and a black leather waist-belt which has a straight sword with gilt and black leather scabbard. He has no pouch-belt. He is probably a surgeon. The sergeant is the only one with a Waterloo medal, and he has grey trousers with a yellow stripe down the side. The officers have pale blue trousers with gold stripe. The sergeant has gold lace on his collett but yellow and blue stripes on his waist-girdle.The undress plain black sabretaches are suspended on two slings. The sergeant does not have a sabretache although other ranks at Waterloo wore one. The painting by Denis Dighton is in the Royal Collection.

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