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Perhaps sibfox is asking... what kind of uniform is it?  The jacket is called a Tropical Mess Jacket and was worn to social events with a black bow tie and a white, wingtip shirt.  The cummerbund belt is missing.  The ensemble dates from before 1947 as the Bombay Light Horse Cavalry was disbanded when India gained its independence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you very much for your answers, very much appreciated. As I understand, this is a pre 1947 uniform, would it be possible for this uniform to be WWII period uniform or even pre-WWII?

p.s. - sorry for placing this uniform for ID in the wrong section. It looked to me like a police mess uniform, but I was obviously wrong.

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My understanding is that Tropical Mess Jackets first appeared in the 1930's as a preferred alternative to the white dinner jacket, especially in hot climates.  The side cap in your picture would not have been worn with this ensemble.  The cummerbund, which appears to be missing, would have been the same color as the stripes on the trousers.

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The Bombay Light Horse was an 'Auxilliary Force India' unit - the equivalent of the British Territorials, and recruited from British resident in India.  Many of these units were little more than givernment subsidized social clubs in reality, but in theory could be called out in war or for 'aid to the civil powers' [riots].

 

The Bombay Light Horse was not mobilized as a unit during either World War, though individual members would certainly have served in the India Army.  As Simius Rex points out, this style of mess dress became popular in the 1930s and could in theory have been worn right up to 1947, although among regulars it was considered 'a bit much' to wear full dress or mess dress during hostilities.  Can't speak for the Auxilliary.  So, it could very well be pre-1919. 

 

Are there any marks at all on the inside?  Very nice piece, by the way. 

 

Peter

 

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Hello Peter and thank you for the info! 

Much appreciated. I have looked, but I can not find any markings on the inside of the uniform.

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On 30/03/2021 at 10:05, peter monahan said:

The Bombay Light Horse was an 'Auxilliary Force India' unit - the equivalent of the British Territorials, and recruited from British resident in India.  Many of these units were little more than givernment subsidized social clubs in reality, but in theory could be called out in war or for 'aid to the civil powers' [riots].

 

The Bombay Light Horse was not mobilized as a unit during either World War, though individual members would certainly have served in the India Army.  As Simius Rex points out, this style of mess dress became popular in the 1930s and could in theory have been worn right up to 1947, although among regulars it was considered 'a bit much' to wear full dress or mess dress during hostilities.  Can't speak for the Auxilliary.  So, it could very well be pre-1919. 

 

Are there any marks at all on the inside?  Very nice piece, by the way. 

 

Peter

 

The Calcutta Light Horse was also a Reserve unit , as Peter says , a subsidized social Club , But the Calcutta Light Horse took part in the Raid that destroyed the German ship Ehrenfels into the Portuguese Port of Goa , a colonial settlement in India. A movie was filmed about Operation Creek many years ago . with Gregory Peck , Sir Roger Moore, David Niven , Trevor Howard and Patrick Magnee. Sea Wolves was the name

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