Officers, 2nd Battalion, 1899

The officers posing for this photo prior to embarkation for South Africa in 1899 wear a uniform that was not worn during operations in the Boer War. The scarlet frock with blue collar, and blue breeches with scarlet stripe were soon exchanged for khaki. The helmets are the Wolseley pattern with a wide brim, worn by the officers but not the men. They have brown leather Sam Browne belts with two shoulder straps to support a sword and pistol. The straps forming a cross on their chests are for the haversack and water-bottle. Most of them have binoculars which seem to be of different types. They have pale puttee and two of the senior officers have spurs.

Regimental Details | Uniforms


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