Bandmaster and RSM 1908

Photographed in India in 1908, the year the 1st Battalion returned to England, the bandmaster, on the right, and the RSM, wear scarlet frocks with blue facings. There is gold lace and braid on the collar and cuffs and gold braid down the front edge and along the hem. There are embroidered regimental badges on the collars. At first glance the frocks look the same but the bandmaster has gold cord epaulettes while the sergeant-major has gold edged shoulder straps. The crimson sash worn on the left shoulder has the light infantry whistle and chain but these were discontinued around this time. The caps have white covers for the tropical sun; they are green with black silk cap-bands in the oak-leaf pattern. Their swords are slung from a web waist-belt worn underneath.

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