Drummers in Undress, Gibraltar 1899

From 1897 it was decided to send one Guards battalion to serve in the Mediterranean, and the 2nd Battalion were stationed in Gibraltar from 1898 to 99, replacing the 1st Battalion who went from there to Egypt and the Sudan. The two very young drummers with bugles at their side are flanking a taller young man with a side drum. They have the white hot-climate helmet which is worn in full dress instead of the bearskin. But the tunics are undress frocks, scarlet with a blue collar and metal collar badges. The frock has two hip pockets and only one breast pocket which is buttoned.

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