42nd Highlanders kit query

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42nd Highlanders kit query

Postby oldBWsweat » 03 Sep 2008 22:27

Hello-
I'm trying to do some research on the kit and weapons used by the 42nd in the 1874 dust-up in the Gold Coast.
There seems to be a dearth of photographs of this campaign,and the engravings in papers like the ILN seem to be a little general in detail.
Some questions I have are :
Did the 42nd ORs carry the short Snyder rifle or the regular 3 band infantry Snyder?
Did they use the P1871 belts and pouches? If not, what did they use?
Water bottles: was the round drum type watter bottle still in issue, or was the Oliver pattern used? (I think some sources list a post 1874 issue date for the Oliver pattern?)
Are there any photos of the issue flannel or drab uniforms Gen. Woolsley designed?
Thanks in advance for any information.
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Re: 42nd Highlanders kit query

Postby DavidB » 28 Sep 2008 22:34

Hi Jim,
Sorry, for some reason I've completely missed this topic till now. :oops:
Uniforms/equipment isn't my strong suit, but I'm sure I've seen a photo or two somewhere of the 42nd's uniform in this campaign. I'll see what I can dig up.
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Re: 42nd Highlanders kit query

Postby DavidB » 30 Sep 2008 18:30

Photos of ORs are like gold dust Jim and I've not been able to find one, sorry.
But in case it helps at all, here's the 42nd's khaki campaign uniform from Ashantee,as modelled by Major Francis Cunningham Scott.
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Re: 42nd Highlanders kit query

Postby Isandlwana » 17 Nov 2008 00:49

A double-hit here - Asante War kit & a former 80th officer for Mark.

"Here's how I want you all to look."

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Re: 42nd Highlanders kit query

Postby Jonathan » 17 Nov 2008 01:29

Anyone want to take a "stab" at the edged weapon these officers are wearing? ;) It is not a regulation weapon. :)

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Re: 42nd Highlanders kit query

Postby Isandlwana » 17 Nov 2008 08:26

Jonathan,

I beg to differ the Elcho bayonet does appear in The List of Changes, so that makes it regulation enough for me!

I think Sir Garnet had shares in their manufacture and also that of the Norfolk jacket he prescribed for wear in the Asante. As a fair few bob must have been made from them!

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Re: 42nd Highlanders kit query

Postby Jonathan » 17 Nov 2008 15:40

I meant it is not a regulation officer's sword, but re-reading my post I was less than clear. You are correct, Isandlwana! :)

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Re: 42nd Highlanders kit query

Postby Isandlwana » 17 Nov 2008 18:38

Jonathan,

Did you spot the other Elcho on 'Special Service Officers' posting?

I'll post another Asante man with a real sword for you shortly.

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Re: 42nd Highlanders kit query

Postby Jonathan » 17 Nov 2008 18:59

Isandlwana wrote:Jonathan,

Did you spot the other Elcho on 'Special Service Officers' posting?

I'll post another Asante man with a real sword for you shortly.

Regards,

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Another nice Elcho bayonet peeking out from behind Lord Gifford. Thanks, Isandlwana! I'd like to add one to my collection, but I understand they are difficult to find and priced to match.

Thank you for posting the lovely photos!

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Re: 42nd Highlanders kit query

Postby Isandlwana » 19 Nov 2008 18:28

Jonathan,

This was the other one I acquired in an Asante War trade.

He looks to be a Q.C.O. from an Indian cavalry unit, or an Indian rifles unit, so I appreciate any comments on the pattern of sword.

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