BOER WAR (?) CYCLIST

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BOER WAR (?) CYCLIST

Postby ploughman » 05 Oct 2017 11:36

Here is what I assume to be a British army cyclist c 1900 c/w Lee Metford rifle ... can any you keener eyed and more knowledgeable forum members help me ID the unit or any other pertinent details please ?
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Re: BOER WAR (?) CYCLIST

Postby ploughman » 05 Oct 2017 12:22

The front carrier rack is a Lucas Cycloe which came out c 1900 and was used in the Boer War & WW1 .
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Re: BOER WAR (?) CYCLIST

Postby Johnny_H » 05 Oct 2017 17:47

A few small things I noted.

1) It looks like he's wearing 1903 Service Dress (see shoulder reinforcements on the serge tunic)
2) Gaiters look like a highland pattern, suggesting he is probably from a Lowland Regt of some kind.

That is all I could point out, I'm guessing a guy from the recently formed Territorial Army, sometime between 1903-10. I'm basing those numbers off the fact the SMLE didn't see wide distribution until 1907 (I think), so that may explain why he has a Lee-Metford, most of which were re-bored Lee rifling and were nitro proofed (I think).

Sorry that isn't much of a cited (academic) response, its just my amateur observations/suggestions.
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Re: BOER WAR (?) CYCLIST

Postby ploughman » 05 Oct 2017 19:24

Thanks for that Johnny .... that's a good start . The Territorials of course replaced the Volunteers so that would make him ( if he is TA ) post 1907 . The rifle as you say could be a Lee Metford or a Long Lee Enfield .
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Re: BOER WAR (?) CYCLIST

Postby RobD » 05 Oct 2017 21:13

The finger grooves, the sling to the nosecap and the 8-round single stack magazine all identify this as a Lee Metford Mk 1 or Mk 1* - almost certainly Mk 1*. These were made 1888-1895, but used for a few years longer. By 1900, they were being phased out in the Boer War and replaced by Lee Metford Mk IIs or Lee Enfields.
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Re: BOER WAR (?) CYCLIST

Postby Frogsmile » 06 Oct 2017 09:46

I think that he is probably a member of a cyclist section within one of the Volunteer Battalions just after the turn of the century, and a few years before the Territorial Force was formed. The Spat style gaiters (and similar puttees) were a feature of the cyclists dress and the Lee Metford suggests the slightly earlier period. The jacket had experimental versions before it went on general issue in 1902. He appears to wear the later pattern brown leather Slade-Wallace equipment, that in some units preceded the issue of 1903 Bandolier Equipment. There are threads covering similar features over the same decades here:

1. viewtopic.php?f=19&t=10753&p=55172&hilit=Cyclist+section#p55172

2. viewtopic.php?f=19&t=11753&p=61587&hilit=Cyclist+section#p61587

3. viewtopic.php?f=19&t=9952&p=49305&hilit=Cyclist+section#p49305
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Re: BOER WAR (?) CYCLIST

Postby ploughman » 06 Oct 2017 16:45

Frogsmile wrote:I think that he is probably a member of a cyclist section within one of the Volunteer Battalions just after the turn of the century, and a few years before the Territorial Force was formed. The Spat style gaiters (and similar puttees) were a feature of the cyclists dress and the Lee Metford suggests the slightly earlier period. The jacket had experimental versions before it went on general issue in 1902. He appears to wear the later pattern brown leather Slade-Wallace equipment, that in some units preceded the issue of 1903 Bandolier Equipment. There are threads covering similar features over the same decades here:

1. viewtopic.php?f=19&t=10753&p=55172&hilit=Cyclist+section#p55172

2. viewtopic.php?f=19&t=11753&p=61587&hilit=Cyclist+section#p61587

3. viewtopic.php?f=19&t=9952&p=49305&hilit=Cyclist+section#p49305



Thank you for this , very helpful indeed
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