I have just found one more image (based on photographic evidence) of the Camerons going up the Nile in red frocks, which I have herewith attached.
It appeared in the Graphic, March 12 1898.
Does anybody know of any other British regiment going up the Nile in red frocks in 1898?
seaforths wrote: "Officers All ranks wore the store pattern white helmet with khaki cover (no puggaree) for the first part of the campaign. During the second half Wolseley pattern was worn..."
seaforths wrote:.... In the preceding note, it gave a detailed breakdown for the 79th in their 1882 campaign but with the red frock and green puggaree on the helmet which went out of abeyance by 1898.
seaforths wrote: ...it's quite well known on several examples for popular consumption (like in the previous page of showing the British line in redcoats) that artistic fantasy took the imagination and inspired errors.
seaforths wrote:Hi there,
All points well taken, and I must admit it's a rather annoying photograph.
I was not in doubt about what we are trying to discern here; it's certainly the photo not the caption. The lynchpin to answering if this picture is whether 1882/1898, I think I may have found the answer, notwithstanding your knowledge of photography of which I have none. If you take a close look at the front of his helmet, you will see a what looks like the helmet badge as mentioned in the 1882 reg. For me, that nails it as this was not on the 1898 campaign officer helmets.
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