60th Rifles Uniform 8th Frontier War

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60th Rifles Uniform 8th Frontier War

Postby Banker » 28 Dec 2015 07:32

All, I'm wondering if any one can supply a picture of the uniform worn by a Private in the 2nd Battalion 60th Rifles at the time of the 8th Frontier War.

I have purchased a SA 1853 Medal and trying to get a feel for what my mans uniform and rifle would be?

Anyone help?

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Re: 60th Rifles Uniform 8th Frontier War

Postby jf42 » 28 Dec 2015 12:22

Images seem hard to come by, which is what I am sure you are really after, but until the members who have researched this topic in detail come on line- short, Rifle green shell jackets with red facings and round black 'Kilmarnock' forage caps would have been the basic service uniform worn by the 2nd/60th at the Cape. You may hear about regional campaign variations on that basic model.
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Re: 60th Rifles Uniform 8th Frontier War

Postby mike snook » 28 Dec 2015 20:31

Green kilmarnocks surely. Many other types of unofficial headdress too, from straw hats to stocking caps. There is no guarantee on shell jackets, though they are a good 50/50 bet. 1st Rifle Brigade and several of the line regiments wore coatees in the field (though never officers - too expensive an item). It might be added that there is good evidence from other regiments of shells and coatees being worn side by side in the same unit. 2nd 60th started with Brunswicks and were issued with P1851 rifled musket (Minie) in South Africa during the course of the war (May 1852 if memory serves). They were unique in this. Other regiments received only sufficient P1851 for 6 men per company. The 2nd/60th coattee would have been double breasted, of course, faced and piped in red. Commonplace practice in all regiments to replace cloth trousers (due to the thorn bush hazard) with tan coloured leather ones known as 'crackers', although they seem not to have been issued items (as they had formerly been in the 6th CFW) and had to be bought by the individual. Officers gave full vent to their piratical instincts, though there was normally a shell jacket somewhere to be seen, usually underneath a civilian shooting coat.

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Re: 60th Rifles Uniform 8th Frontier War

Postby Banker » 29 Dec 2015 08:00

I have received some info on the movements of the unit and they did indeed get the new rifles on the 10/5/1852

another note states that on the 1/8/1856 double breasted tunics were issued instead of the Rifles Jackets to the 60th.

Still no pictures though that I can find

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Re: 60th Rifles Uniform 8th Frontier War

Postby jf42 » 30 Dec 2015 11:57

"Black forage caps"- what was I thinking ?

Of course, Rifle green, very dark...

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Re: 60th Rifles Uniform 8th Frontier War

Postby mike snook » 30 Dec 2015 19:35

I made a mistake once. Nice picture though, jf.

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Re: 60th Rifles Uniform 8th Frontier War

Postby jf42 » 30 Dec 2015 22:24

We're gettin there. Happy landings
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