Sergeant, South Africa Kit 1899

A series of postcards was produced using photographs by Charles Knight, to show the uniform worn by the Scots Greys just before their embarkation to South Africa in 1899. The postcards depict various other ranks and a trumpeter, and each horse is carrying a netted bundle of forage as seen here. The distinctive pugaree around the helmet has red stripes. The khaki uniform is fastened with brass buttons and the breeches are worn with puttees. He has a brown leather bandolier of ammunition instead of a pouch-belt and he is armed with a Lee Enfield carbine which was later replaced by a more useful infantry rifle. A wooden stake is attached to the holster to tether the horse. On the off side a sword was carried, attached to the saddle.

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