Sergeant and Signaller c1910

J McNeil's painting of a sergeant and private signaller is useful in that it confirms the colour of the forage cap. It is all green, not having a red cap-band as worn by other 'royal' regiments. The scarlet dress uniforms were discontinued when hostilities broke out in 1914. They were not revived after the war and when dress uniforms were next worn they were the rifle greens as seen in the Light Infantry today. The tunics worn by these two men have blue facings with pointed cuffs which replaced the jam-pot style in 1902. The collar badges are brass. The sergeant is a gymnastics instructor as indicated by his crossed swords badge over his stripes. The private, who wears a green helmet, has crossed flags to shows his skill as a signaller, and crossed rifles to indicate that he is a marksman. He has medals for South Africa and two good-conduct stripes.

Regimental Details | Uniforms


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