Private, Review Order 1860

The other ranks' tunic 1855-1864 had the yellow lace loops on the collar and, as seen in the inset, on the round blue cuff, in the shape of a chevron with a button in the middle. The shoulder strap can be seen in this illustration by Pierre Turner; blue with a yellow edge and embroidered 2 D. Officers had a slim twisted gold cord on the shoulders, and rank badges on the collar. This private's pouch-belt has a small pouch on the front for percussion caps, and there is still, at this time, an extension to the belt with a spring clip to support the carbine. This was changed in the mid-sixties when the breech-loading Snider carbine was issued. It did not have the bar and sliding ring to attach to the clip. In 1868 the carbine was kept in a bucket holster behind the right leg instead of tucked into a small bucket in front.

The white leather waistbelt supports a sword on white slings attached to rings on the belt. This was the heavy cavalry way of supporting the sword at this time. Hussars, light dragoons and lancers attached the sword slings to a web belt worn beneath the tunic. His bearskin cap was still the defining feature of Scots Greys uniform but there were no badges on the front, only the White Horse badge on the back. The plume was of cut feathers and upright, fixed in a brass badge on the left side. The private is a veteran of the Crimean War as can be seen by his medals. The usual British and Turkish medals are worn, and the French Medaille Militaire with a yellow, green-edged ribbon.

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