Hello forum members. I realize it was just recently I shared my khaki drill frock to the 2nd Manchester regiment with the forum. Today, however I have another exciting and rare find to add to my small but growing collection, a Boer Khaki Serge to the 13th Middlesex Queen's Westminster Rifle Volunteers. Along with the serge, I was very fortunate to get it's original and matching (slightly different colour) trousers. As I understand it, Khaki Serges turn up less than KD frocks. This serge is in good condition with a little sun fading. It should be noted that these appear quite grey in the pictures, but as you'll see with another picture (originally from the saleroom but I bought it from the person who got it from there) that it is sort of a khaki colour with a hint of grey, very odd. Certainly is a weird shade of khaki, and I've seen many weird and different colours of khaki, there really is "50 shades of khaki" (I take no credit for that name it's been around for years now), then maybe this serge is... "50 shades khakier"
Anyway, what I found interesting on this serge is the red embroidered shoulder titles, as a oppose to metal shoulder titles that most regiments had, but then again this was a volunteer unit. The serge is named simply to "Cane" but unfortunately I haven't been able to find anything on him, I heard most volunteer files didn't survive. The serge has Victorian buttons and this is Boer War period. I've been lucky and on a roll lately but doubt I will find another KD and or serge for a long long time.
My questions for the forum is did the 13th Middlesex serve in the Boer War? I've been trying to do some research but didn't find much. But I think this is a really nice find, pictures below. Pictures from the seller as always before it arrives. Thank you all for reading, I really appreciate every forum members input on my uniforms, where would I be without this forum! Regards,