Corps of Drums, 1st Battalion 1874

The Drum-Major stands on the left of the picture. His tunic resembles the drummers tunics except that he has gold lace instead of white and blue. He has more chevron shapes up his sleeve than the drummers, and there are four large gold chevrons of rank on his upper arm. He carries the small cane of office instead of the mace. The tunics now have fringes on the collar as well as the wings. Some of the drummer boys look very young and we can only wonder at what life was like for them growing up in an all male army environment.

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