Sunday, May 22, 2017

Australian Uniforms: PART 4 - Albany Rifles & WA Artillery


Private, Albany Rifle Volunteers C.1886This uniform was worn during the 1880s. This Private wears the standard rifle volunteer uniform of the time but in grey, making it almost unique in WA military history. The standard helmet is worn, covered with grey cloth.  The unit badge is attached to the front. The jacket has red facing cloth on the collar and cuffs, and red piping on the cuff and shoulder straps.  The rear of the jacket has two vertical lines of piping below the waist. His equipment remains the older cross belt type to support his Snider rifle. The grey trousers have a thin red welt. Below is an Officer's jacket and helmet.  Note that the rank badges are now attached to the shoulder cords and the peak of the helmet is bound with white metal.


Lance Bombardier, Western Australian Artillery C.1898. This uniform was worn from 1893 into the 1900s. The standard helmet has brass fittings and a pleated drill puggaree.  The former was typical of Permanent members of the Force. The jacket this Gunner wears is the undress version with reduced number of brass buttons, examples of which are shown below.  It retains the traditional red collar and yellow piping of the Royal Artillery.  The unit title, also shown below, is attached to the shoulder straps. The chevron on the right sleeve indicates rank, and that on the left is an award for good conduct. Over the jacket he wears a complete set of 188? valise equipment, with canvas haversack over the right shoulder and water bottle over the left. Artillery pattern trousers are worn. He is armed with a Martini Henry artillery carbine and sword bayonet. Below is the undress jacket worn by officers of the unit, with the helmet and trousers described above.

These wonderful images are produced by talented uniform expert and ex-serviceman Sean Ryan and are available on CD.  Check out Sean's website which lists all the uniform CD's currently available and also has on-line ordering/purchasing facilities: www.uniformsotw.com

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