Captain's Service Dress c1910

Khaki service dress was introduced in 1902 to be worn on exercise and on campaign. This officer's tunic is made of khaki wool material and has a stand collar. Around 1914 the lapelled collar replaced it so that the smarter modern form of service dress evolved. The collar has bronze regimental badges and the shoulders have plaited cord shoulder straps. These are of a pale cord material and fastened with small leather buttons. There are five larger leather buttons down the front and smaller ones for the four pockets. Rank was shown on the cuff for this period (1902-18) and the three stars, or pips, denote captain. The brown leather Sam Browne belt started life in the late 19th century and has remained almost unchanged to the present day. This tunic was sold at auction at Bosley on 12 September 2001. The catalogue price was estimated at 200-250 pounds and it sold for 700 pounds. There are 2 medal ribbons for the Boer War above the left breast pocket and a message was found on one pocket which had been carried by a pigeon during a field exercise in 1910. It was sent by the officer in charge of pigeons informing HQ that a number of pigeons had died and others were ill, the rest had been flown and were well.

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