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  1. The mounted officer in the cocked hat in the first frame is not a Household Cavalry officer. He is the City Marshall of London whose job it is to challenge any armed group from without the city. (He also challenges the Queen when she visits the City). Because the Life Guards have the privilege of marching through the city with drums beating, bands playing, standards flying, swords drawn and bayonets fixed, he welcomed them to proceed after the challenge. This was the first time the Life Guards had exercised tis privilege since the Falklands War. It is so important a privilege that every member of the regiment turns out including veterinaries, surgeons and quartermasters.
  2. An interesting new article on the Uniformology website on the round forage cap with peak, worn by officers, warrant officers and staff sergeants of the British infantry from 1880-1902. Deials of the elaborate badges, often made of gold and silver embroidery with velvet backings have largely been lost to history. However, using meticulous research, the editors of Uniformology have reproduced these caps and badges and are uploading them into the article. To access t hem, go to this link http://www.uniformology.com/FORAGE-CAPS-01.html . Here are two examples of the caps.
  3. Hi You might like to look at my Badges section on Uniformology. Just about all of the badges worn by the British Army from 1968 to 1993 are shown there http://www.uniformology.com/BADGE00.html Bruce
  4. I think this is an 'other ranks' helmet from the North Somerset Yeomanry. It was worn by all ranks of the regiment from 1851-1900. Officers occasionally wore it after that time until 1914. The only difference between the officer's version and that of other ranks was in quality. The skull on the officer's was silver plated and the fittings were gilt and silver. For other ranks the skull was white metal and the fittings brass and white metal. In 1888 the regiment adopted a uniform almost identical to that of the 6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers). The difference being that the buttons were white metal for the N. Somerset Yeomanry and the yellow lace was replaced by white lace (silver for officers).
  5. Glenn. Thanks again and you are of course right. I have that badge and can replace it. What is that rank when worn by a band Warrant Officer? I have a lot of You Tube footage of Foot Guards Bands and I did notice while most of the badges were on a blue backing, I clearly saw a member of the Irish Guards Band with one on a red backing. Must be an anomaly. Regards Bruce
  6. Glenn: Thank you so much for your comments. I will make the corrections as soon as possible. I will be putting more badges up next week. Regards Bruce
  7. I have just posted a couple of hundred new badges on my website ... Check them out ...http://www.uniformology.com/BG00.html
  8. This is an Officer's pouch of the 7th (Princess Royal's) Dragoon Guards 1874-1902
  9. Two things about the British Army wool shirt ..... I lived in Kenya in my early life (just after the Mau Mau emergency) ... when I was in the hills around Nanyuki and Nakuru in the evenings, I could sure have used one of those shirts ... it could be darn cold. When I returned to England I joined the Army. When I was shipped to Aden from Germany in the latter part of 1967 I was still wearing my standard issue woolen shirt and it was bloody uncomfortable most of the time. As we were only sent to secure the airfield there (about three or four weeks if I remember rightly) for the final evacuation we never got tropical issue. When we went to Cyprus the next year, we were properly kitted out, thank God!! That's the British Army for you!!
  10. Here is a new book just published by Casemate Armies of Bismarck's Wars by Bruce Bassett-Powell It is available at Casemate and Caliver Books in the UK and Casemate, On Military Matters, Articles of War in the US. Also at Amazon, Barnes & Noble etc. If you want to see inside and get a signed copy, follow this link. www.uniformology.com
  11. Well it is definitely an original Wolseley pattern helmet with an RAMC (Royal Army Medical Corps) flash on the pugarree. However, the flash looks fairly new and current to me .. like a TRF or DZ Flash. Not sure what flash the RAMC would've worn in the pre WWII era.
  12. The helmet on the left is 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards 1847 pattern Albert Helmet. The one on the right is The Life Guards, same pattern.
  13. It appears to be a 'lighter' duty belt than the normal load bearing kit. Having struggled in and out of '58 pattern webbing more times than I want to remember, I can't imagine this belt holding up to much wear & tear. I wonder if it is one worn by Military Police or some such. The nearest thing I saw to it in the two NATO uniform books I have is in the Netherlands army of the 1980s.
  14. It is definitely not British. It is a completely different structure than the '37 pattern. The clasp is not the same, there were no slider buckles on the front and the buckles for the rear straps are too far apart. Not sure what country it is from though.
  15. This is a Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry side hat, probably SNCO version. 1899 or later.
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