Sergeant 1914

Both Sergeants and Lance Sergeants in the Foot Guards had three stripes to show their rank. The difference was that sergeants had three gold lace stripes and lance sergeants had three white stripes. Sergeants also had a 2nd Class tunic whereas lance sergeants had 3rd Class. The difference being the gold lace on the cuff flap and the back vent of the skirts, and the gold wire grenade badges on the collar and shoulder straps. The 3rd class tunic had white instead of gold and was worn by Privates, Lance-Corporals and Lance-Sergeants. Lance-Sergeants did not wear the crimson sash on the right shoulder. Sergeants and Colour Sergeants were required to carry a rifle and wear the straps and pouches that made up the Slade Wallace equipment. The Valise was no longer carried since the end of the 19th century but the folded greatcoat with valise badge in the centre was carried high on the back. The cape was rolled up and attached to the waist belt. All this equipment, along with the ammunition pouches on the front were neatened, whitened and polished for drill, guard and review order.

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