Service Dress, South Africa 1900

The first issue of khaki uniform to the Guards was made of heavy serge material, but they were later given lightweight uniforms with stand-up collars and 5 brass buttons down the front. The officers sitting at the front of this 2nd Battalion group have similar uniforms but the central figure has breast pockets. He has no rank badges on his shoulders indicating that he is a second lieutenant. These two officers have uniforms that differ from those of the 3rd Battalion photographed at Modder River who have more buttons, and collar badges.

Their khaki-covered helmets have badges on the left side with a white brush plume. The men have a modified version of the Slade Wallace equipment, but there is no sign of haversacks or water-bottles which indicates that they did not intend to go anywhere after posing for the photo.

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